Reps to probe Sports Ministry on failed doping test at Tokyo Olympics



The of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Sports to investigate immediate and remote causes of Team Nigeria’s failed doping tests at Tokyo 2020 to forestall future occurrence.This followed adoption of a motion by Rep Lawrence Ayeni (APC-Osun) on floor of the on Wednesday in Abuja.

The also called for investigation into activities of Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development regarding failed doping tests by Nigerian athletes at the Tokyo Olympics.Ayeni, while acknowledging that Nigeria’s delegation to the Olympic Games fared well in terms of performance, decried the doping test incident.“The incident of July 20, where the Athletics Unit (AIU) of World Athletics barred 10 Nigerian athletes from participating in Games forfailing to meet requirements for out-of-competition drug testing.“

was also the case of the highly-rated Blessing Okagbare who failed a dope test.”He said in spite of huge funds made available yearly regulatory agencies in the sports sector, adequate efforts not been made to get Nigeria to the required level.“

This level is where they should be they can be deemed to made significant improvements in anti-doping tests,” the lawmaker said.

The therefore  resolved to invite the of Youth and Sports Development to brief the Committee on Sports.It also urged the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development to put necessary measures in place to ensure compliance extant regulations at both local and international competitions.(NAN)