The minister took the responsibility for some of the lapses but also blamed some detractors.

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has confirmed he has already demanded a proper investigation into the two major incidences that painted Nigeria in a bad light at the just concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Mr Dare in a statement issued Monday dwelled on the unfortunate disqualification of 10 of the country’s athletes from the Olympics and the incidence of an athlete washing his competition jersey, which brought to question the botched PUMA deal with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN).

The minister assured the investigation will unmask those who tried to undermine the country and its athletes at the Olympics.

“… The issue relating to the competition wears vis-a-vis the alleged arrangement with Puma is most unfortunate.

“I have demanded a proper investigation into this matter (kit issue). Such an inquiry will unearth the truth about how some people tried to sabotage Nigeria’s participation and undermine the country and our Olympic athletes,” the minister said.

“The quantity of competition wears given to each athlete is the decision of the particular federation. No complaints came to my notice until the Tik Tok Video posted by one of the athletes went viral.

“We Immediately stepped in to manage the situation. The Federation involved has been directed to provide a detailed explanation about the kit,” Mr Dare added.