A total of 84 athletes who came top at the recently concluded National Sports Festival are awaiting their anti-doping test results from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development.
The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development Mr. Olusade Adesola revealed this during an overview media parley from the just concluded Sports Fiesta adding that the samples collected from the athletes would be transmitted to accredited World Anti-Doping Agencies Laboratory in Qatar .
“In accordance with the commitment of the Ministry to ensuring a dope-free festival and in line with international best practices in sporting events, a random selection of athletes, particularly those who posted record-breaking performances were tested”, he said.
“Accordingly, a total of 84 athletes were tested by the Anti-Doping Unit of the Ministry. The samples collected would be transmitted to our partner accredited World Anti-Doping Agencies Laboratory in Doha, Qatar for necessary analysis,” he added.
The 19th edition of the sports festival witnessed the setting of 59 new national records, forty-two records were set in weightlifting; fifteen swimmers also set new records and two were made in Para-powerlifting.
Selected athletes from the 2018 Abuja Games are expected to be called for camping ahead of 2019 All African Games in Morocco.