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AFN gives Anti-Doping Commission marching order

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has charged the newly constituted Anti-Doping Commission to ensure that Nigeria is immediately removed from the list of seven countries…

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has charged the newly constituted Anti-Doping Commission to ensure that Nigeria is immediately removed from the list of seven countries the World Athletics has named as nations with the highest doping risk.

The president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Tonobock Okowa said this yesterday in Tokyo while unveiling members of the committee.

He said the announcement of the seven-man Medical and Anti-Doping Commission headed by Professor Ken Anugweje has become very necessary as the AFN is determined to ensure Nigeria delisted from the list of high risk nations.

“The commission has been charged with the responsibility of ensuring Nigeria is, within a reasonable period of time, removed from the list of seven countries World Athletics and the Athletics Integrity Unit have named to have the highest doping risk and considered as a threat to the overall integrity of athletics.

“They are also to ensure appropriate anti-doping measures are in place in accordance with World Athletics anti-doping rules so that the federation can prevent a repeat of the disqualification of our athletes at global international competitions.’

The AFN also apologised to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, the Youth and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare and indeed all Nigerians for the unsavoury event which led to the inability of 10 track and field athletes to compete at the ongoing Olympics.

Other members of the commission are Dr.Paul Onyido, Dr. Femi Ayorinde, Dr. Effi Usen and Dr. Bukola Bojuwoye as well as the technical director of the federation (yet to be appointed) while Inwang Israel Mfon will serve as the commission’s secretary.

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