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Nigerian president compensate Sydney Olympic gold medalists
Xinhua | July 25, 2013 08:59
By Agencies
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Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has announced various forms of cash reward and national honors award to members of the gold medalists in the 4x400m relay at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

A statement from his office on Wednesday said the Nigerian leader announced the cash reward at a special reception in honor of the six gold medalists in the 4x400m relay.

President Jonathan announced cash reward of 5 million naira ( about 31,215 US dollars) each for the athletes and 7 million naira each for the two coaches at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The athletes and their coaches would be decorated with national honors at a later date.

The athletes were decorated with the gold medals by the Nigerian representative in the International Olympic Committee, Abul Gumel.

The athletes, who were rewarded 13 years after the sporting event, are Clement Chukwu, Jude Monye, Fidelis Gadzama, Aniefiok Udobong, Nduka Nwanze and late Sunday Bada, who was represented by his wife, Adesumbo.

The two coaches are, Innocent Egbunike and Solomon Abari.

The silver medals won by the Nigeria's 4x400m relay men at the 2000 Games in Sydney was upgraded to gold medal by the International Olympics Committee in March.

USA's male relay team, which initially came first at the event, confessed to doping.

The president congratulated the team for the honor they brought to the country.

He said the team's victory, 13 years after the event took place, was a confirmation of the saying that there is no shortcut to fame.

The Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, said the event was yet another significant sporting milestone in the history of the country.

He said with the award, Nigeria moved up from position 55 to 41 on the medal table in the 2000 Olympic Games with one gold, two silver and two bronze medals.

Abdullahi said Nigeria's overall performance at the Olympic Games now stood at three gold, eight silver and 12 bronze to place 68 on the overall medal table.

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