Leadership (Abuja)

5 December 2012

Nigeria: Eko 2012 - Ondo Sports Council Kicks Over Disqualifications

The Ondo State Sports Council has queried the coach of its female hockey team and the secretary of the state Hockey Association over the team's disqualification at the ongoing National Sports Festival in Lagos.

Bamido Omogbehin, Chairman of the state Sports Council (OSSC) disclosed this in Lagos yesterday during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said the council was waiting for explanations from the coach and the secretary on why the team earned the disqualification from the competition.

"When we were giving awards to athletes, I stressed on their being good ambassadors of the state. It is not compulsory that we win in all events; anybody that cheats acts on his own, not on behalf of the council.

"Queries had been handed down to the coach and the secretary of the association, and they have been asked to reply quickly," he said.

Idowu Akinbulumo, General Manager of the sports council, however, advised coaches to avoid any acts that could tarnish the image of the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the players, Bamitale Bamidele and Linda Nwafor, presented fake identification cards during their group game against Team Lagos.

NAN also reports that the development led to the protest against the duo, who were later found guilty of the offences.

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