The National Sports Commission has wielded the big stick on some erring athletes and states that did not play by the rules at the just concluded sports festival. The affected athletes and states, the commission said their actions were against the rules and regulations of the festival.
Those that violated the rules and punished were Oladele Ojo also known as Alaba Joseph and Olubunmi Olamide also known as Olubunmi Olayemi, Olubunmi Ademiloye Emman and Ademisoye Olamide all from Ekiti State. They were banned from participating in the National Sports Festival for life.
They were also banned from participating in any event organized by the hockey federation of Nigeria for two years for violating the eligibility rule of the sports festival.
Ekiti State which registered and fielded the athletes was fined N100, 000 while the state secretary and head coach of the team were suspended from participating in one NSF and all other programmes of the hockey federation for two (2) years.
Jide Daniel, an athlete who participated in Lagos State colours in the Judo event was also banned for life for flouting the rule which stipulated that any athlete who have participated in three (3) previous National Sports Festivals in a particular sports shall not be eligible to participate in that same sport. He was also banned from participating in any event organized by the Judo Federation for the period of two (2) years.
Lagos State which registered and fielded the athlete was fined the sum of N100,000. The head coach and state secretary of sport concerned were also suspended for one, i.e. (2) years NSF as well as any other programmes of the federation for the same period.
The NSC also punished Miss Onu peace from Enugu state who changed her identity for the purpose of participating in the football event in breach of rule 7 of the NSF.
Miss Onu Peace also known as Chikordi Nwachifem was banned for life from participating in the National Sports Festival. She is also banned from participating in any event organised by the concerned Federation for a period of two (2) years.
Enugu state that registered and fielded the athlete was fined the sum of N100, 000 while the state secretary and coach concerned were each suspended for one sports festival and any event organized by the concerned federation.
Miss Fatima Bello who registered and competed for Lagos State while under the employment of Delta State was disqualified from further participation in the 18th edition of the festival. All or any medals won by the athlete during the festival were/was awarded to the opponent.