The Ministry of Youth and Sports has rewarded the first batch of medalists at the ongoing African Games in Morocco.

58 athletes and 4 officials got cash awards ranging from $3000 for Gold, $2000 for silver and $1500 for bronze medalists.

Gold medalists in team events got $6000, Bronze got $4500 while the Badminton mixed team players shared $18,000.

At a brief ceremony on Tuesday at the Games Village, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Olusade Adesola thanked the team for their brilliant performance at the Games.

The Permanent Secretary also restated the government’s commitment to the welfare of athletes stating that no single athlete or participant representing Nigeria is being owed any benefits or allowances.

Olusade also restated that the 12th African Games will serve as a qualifying event for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (with few exceptions) in Athletics, Badminton, Canoe/Kayak, Cycling, Handball, Judo, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Beach Volleyball, and Weightlifting.

He congratulated the gold medalists in the mentioned sports who he said have already booked their spots at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

The first batch of awards was for athletes who won laurels in Taekwondo, Table Tennis, Badminton, Gymnastics, Karate, Athletics, Basketball, and Weightlifting.

The next awards will be announced as the athletes conclude their events.