The insistence of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports activities Growth on stricter anti-doping measures and the rise within the variety of testings by the Nationwide Anti-Doping Company(NADA) has earned Nigeria the commendation of the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
AIU is the particular unit created by the worldwide athletics physique, World Athletics to supervise all points regarding doping management amongst its members.
Nigeria is positioned in Class A which is the bottom rating of Federations and the athletes from nations on this class should have not less than three Out of Competitors Testings (OCTs), every take a look at three weeks aside throughout the 10 months resulting in a serious Worldwide occasion just like the Olympic Video games and the World Championships.
On the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, 10 out of Nigeria’s 23 athletes had been barred from competing owing to their failure to satisfy AIU requirement (Rule 15 of AIU framework) that got here into drive in January 2019.
Nonetheless, all 25 Nigerian athletes registered for the continuing 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon, United States of America had been cleared to take part having met the requirement.
Additionally, from a meagre 26 assessments carried out on Nigerian athletes in 2021, 157 assessments have already been completed in 2022.
In commending Nigeria, David Howman, chairman of the AIU board mentioned he was happy to see vital enhancements within the efforts to wash up the game.
“I notably commend the Nigerian crew. It’s superb what may be achieved when the home authorities begin taking anti doping severely.
“Whereas there have clearly been optimistic steps throughout the board, there are nonetheless many enhancements to be made within the software of the rule and we are going to proceed to work with the Class A Federations to take action,” he added.
Youth and Sports activities Minister Sunday Dare who has been the driving drive within the push to enhance Nigeria’s anti-doping standing and picture mentioned the AIU’s commendation was a affirmation that the Ministry is doing one thing proper.
“We can not afford a repeat of the embarrassment we received in Tokyo the place ten of our athletes had been declared ineligible to compete on technical grounds on account of the breach of the AIU rule. We needed to be proactive and put stricter measures in place, not minding the assaults and snide feedback from sure quarters.
“This commendation reveals we’re doing the correct factor. It’ll spur us on to proceed to do all we will to enhance our anti doping standing and picture,” Dare mentioned.