The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare to appear before it as it commences an investigation into the disqualification of Nigerian athletes at the 2020 Olympics over alleged doping.
The resolutions followed the unanimous adoption of a motion by the lawmakers during plenary on Wednesday.
Moving the motion, Babatunde Ayeni (Ijesha South) lamented the incident of July 20, 2021, where the Athletics Integrity Unit of the International Association of Athletics Federations barred 10 Nigerian athletes, including the highly-rated Blessing Okagbare, from the Tokyo Olympics for failing to meet requirements for out-of-competition drug testing.
“The House is also aware that the allegation further affirmed that the affected athletes failed to comply with the rules requiring those from countries deemed to be at high risk of doping to undergo three no-notice out-of-competition tests in a 10 months’ period leading up to a major event.
“The House is concerned that despite the huge funds being made available yearly for the regulatory agencies in the sports sector, adequate efforts have not been made to get Nigeria into the category where they would be deemed to have made significant improvements in anti-doping tests,” Ayeni said.
Consequently, the House resolved to “invite the Minister of Sports and Youth Development to brief the Committee on Sports on the level of Nigeria’s compliance with extant regulations set by the International Association of Athletics Federations and the independent anti-doping arm, Athletics Integrity Unit.”
The House also mandated its Committee on Sports to “investigate the immediate and remote cause of the failed doping test to forestall future occurrence.”