The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has set up a committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the disqualification of 10 Nigerian athletes from competing at the just concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
This was contained in a statement released by the ministry on Saturday.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) had ruled that 10 of Team Nigeria’s athletes were ineligible to participate in the games for failing to meet the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules.
The key requirement in Rule 15 is that an athlete from a ‘Category A’ country must undergo at least three no-notice out-of-competition tests (urine and blood) conducted no less than three weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event. Only then do they become eligible to represent their national team at the World Athletics Championships or the Olympic Games.
The seven-member committee, which is tasked with investigating the development, is chaired by Professor Ken Anugweje of the University of Port Harcourt.
Other members are Dr. John Onyeudo, Director Sports Medicine in the Ministry; Femi Ajao of the Ministry’s Zonal office and Maria Wophil, of the Federation and Elite Athletes Department (FEAD) of the Ministry as Secretary.
Also in the committee are Dr. Abdulkadir Muazu, who is a former Director of Science at the National Sports Commission; DIG. Sani Mohammed, a former board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN); and Udo-Obong Enefiok, former athlete and Olympian.