Tobi Amusan seta new world record in Oregon ©Getty Images

Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) President Habu Gumel has sought to highlight that World Athletics Championships medallists Tobi Amusan and Ese Brume have been among the athletes to receive funding via the NOC.

Amusan won the women’s 100 metres hurdles - smashing the world record along the way - while Brume took a silver medal in the women’s long jump.

Brume was also one of two Nigerian Olympic medallists at Tokyo 2020, winning bronze in the same event.

News outlet This Day reports Gumel revealed both athletes been receiving annual allowances from a scholarship fund derived from the International Olympic Committee's Olympic Solidarity programme since 2018.

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) have also been credited with offering financial assistance.

Tobi Amusan Nigeria's first-ever world champion in athletics ©Getty Images
Tobi Amusan Nigeria's first-ever world champion in athletics ©Getty Images

Grumel indicated that Amusan and Brume are set to maintain their support alongside 12 other national athletes up until the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The funding is aimed to ensure they have the support of the required coaches and support staff.

As a part of the "adopt an athlete" initiative launched by Nigerian Sports Minister Sunday Dare, the Delta State Government adopted Brume and Ogun State chose Amusan.

Gumel said: "It is important to note that the AFN, NOC and the FG [Federal Government] are working round the clock to boost the fortunes of the country’s athletes who are our ambassadors."