The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has explained its decision to refuse Puma’s offer to kit athletes representing Team Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympic Games. The minister of Sports, Mr Sunday Dare disclosed that he was not aware of any agreement signed with Puma.
Dare, who was reacting to online media reports aim at blackmailing him and the Ministry of Youth and Sports said the Puma kits is a subject of criminal investigations and urged Gusau and Adeleye to face the criminal charge of conspiracy, theft and abuse of public office instituted against them by the IGP.
“Gusau is planting lies and journalists are buying the lies. The Puma deal is a subject of criminal investigations. The IG of Police charged Gusau and Sunday Adeleye to court for criminal conspiracy and theft and abuse of public office over the AFN Puma deal. These Puma kits are the disputed ones.
The Ministry also claimed that the factional president of the Athletics Federation Nigeria (AFN), Shehu Gusau and former technical director of AFN, Sunday Adeleye, refused to disclose the details of the contractual agreement allegedly signed on behalf of AFN for five years without recourse to the Board.
“The refusal of the Minister of Youth and Sports to allow Nigerian athletes to be kitted in Puma wears has drawn attacks and blackmailing stories against him. The Minister will not be part of a contract to which the contract documents have not been seen and the kits also not seen,” a statement for the Ministry read.
“The Ministry steered clear of the clouds over the Puma kits and went for local content as directed under the local content law of Nigeria. Ministry and AFN went for a local garment producer to kit Team Nigeria,” the statement read in part.