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Athletes, Journalist blast sports minister Over Closure of athletes’ Gate at Abuja Stadium

Following the directive of the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare to put the athletes and media gate of the Moshood Abiola National Stadium under lock and key, regular visitors of the stadium have complained bitterly about the decision, claiming it is not a good development.

An athlete, Sunday Williams described the decision as unfavourable while noting that it has drastically increased the distance between the entrance and the sports facilities.

“I was shocked when I got to the gate and the securities turned me back. They were not even interested in explaining the situation to me. I eventually learnt about the directive from my colleague. Now we have to cover a greater distance to get to the main bowl,” Williams said.

A journalist who pleaded anonymity also described the decision of the Minister as harsh and insensitive. He further stated that Dare confused the athletes and media gate for the the Minister’s gate which is further away.

“This decision is not encouraging for media men who want to come to the stadium and cover sports events. I feel more for the athletes, they have to come here on daily basis. Obviously, the Minister has to rescind the decision,” he said.

The Moshood Abiola National Stadium is a multipurpose sports facility located near Abuja’s city gate. It is broadly divided into two, the Package A and Package B section.

About Ayeni Wale

Olawale Ayeni, is a Media and Communication Arts, Masters in view fellow, a graduate of Theatre Arts from the University of Abuja respectively, has been in journalism right from his school days. He was a sports broadcaster with Osun state Broadcasting Corporation (OSBC). He was Sports Editor, Daily Stream Newspaper before joining Leadership Newspaper as Sports Correspondent. A lover of grassroots sports development and golf. A strong support of Arsenal FC.

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