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Commonwealth Games: Dare warns Team Nigeria athletes against indiscipline, doping

FILE PHOTO: The first batch of Team Nigeria athletes to the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja
FILE PHOTO: The first batch of Team Nigeria athletes to the 2022 Commonwealth Games at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja

The minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, has warned team Nigeria athletes against doping while urging them to compete clean and fair.

He dropped this warning while seeing off the first batch of the athletes to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Friday.

One group left through the Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos while the other left through the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport in Abuja.

The Minister charged the athletes to be focused, disciplined and conscious of the fact that they are carrying the aspirations and hopes of over 200 million Nigerians.

“I want to urge you to be disciplined,” Dare told the athletes, “if you have any complaints, the Ministry has outlined how they can be resolved. There are just three layers for conflict resolution now and by the time you are getting to that third layer, then you are getting to me.”

“Only last week, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) commended us for our zero tolerance stance against doping and the seriousness we have attached to our anti-doping campaign. Our increased number of testings and drive to do things right are some of the things you should reflect at this Games.

“So as you leave for the Commonwealth Games, remember to be good ambassadors of our dear country and strive to do us proud,” he added.

Ninety-four athletes and twenty-one officials will be representing Nigeria in nine sports at the 2022 Commonwealth Games starting next week in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

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