Dalung who spoke to Punch said he was aware that a N3billion High Performance Centre fund was approved for the ministry before he became the minister.
He said the money which was meant for athlete’s preparations disappeared without any trace of what it was used for.
He said, “I am aware that up to N3bn was approved for the High Performance Centre long before we came but it is a mystery how that money was used. I just couldn’t understand how such a thing could happen.
“The money not just to equip the centre but was also meant to cover the salaries of the experts we brought in work with the athletes but they found a way to spend the money. They wiped everything such that we are now paying the experts from our overheard cost rather than the money actually meant for that. It is as bad as that, I mean what we met on ground. So you can see how long this problem started.
“It could have been a lot much better. So this is why we have to struggle with funding when it should not be.”
Although Dalung did not say if those in charge of the funds are being investigated.
The Nigeria Olympics team had a lot of challenges, one of them being finances, prompting the athletes to source funds themselves.