Nigeria disabled Table Tennis star Temitope Lanre Ogunsanya who represented Nigeria at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane Australia is calling on the Ministry Of Youth and Sports to pay his grants approved for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
The grant which is meant to cover professional athlete’s training expenses before the competition as approved by the former minister of the ministry Solomon Dalung.
In a chat with www.sportspedal.com.ng, the athlete who plies his trade in the Netherlands said all the foreign-based athletes have been paid except only him.
Temitope said: “All the professional athletes have been paid except only me. I don’t know why? I believe it’s because I disable that is why I am cheated”.
A visibly angry Temitope said he has been trying all he could to get his dues but all to nought including sending mail to the present ministry of the ministry Mr Sunday Dare.
” I have been demanding for the this out since I came back from Australia writing several emails to the Federal Ministry Of Youth and Sports but the emails were not replied” began Temitope.
” I also send personal mail to the present minister he only replied me three weeks ago saying his adviser, Mary Onyali but up this moment nothing has been heard from the adviser,” said Temitope.
The athlete who has been in the country since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic said he is calling on Nigerians to appeal to the minister of Youth and Sports Ministry to use his good office to attend to his case and his dues as quickly as possible.
” I have been patient for two years believing they will respond to my plight but it seems no one cares as life has become unbearable as disable athlete especially with the COVID-19 effect on sports. I am using this medium to call on Nigerians to prevail on the minister to get my dues paid especially that everyone else has been paid”. He concludes.