In an effort to ensure that Team Nigeria present drug-free athletes at 2019 All African Game in Morocco, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development yesterday gathered all the Sports Federations in the country for a 2days seminar on anti-doping rules.
The Seminar themed ‘Strategic Re-Positioning of Result Oriented National Sports Federations and Effective Preparation/Participation at the 2019 Games has resource persons from the National Anti- Doping Committee NADC discussing issues concerning National Sports Federations’ compliance with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) standards.
The Ministry Permanent Secretary Mr Adesola Olusade while declaring the seminar in Abuja open, said that the best way to address the issue of doping is through education and proper enlightenment.
“This workshop is put together to step up the level of enlightenment to presidents, Secretaries and in particular the Technical Directors to the recent development of the WADA for them to pass the message down to athletes because they are in charge of the athletes,” he said.
“Another objective is that ensure that the Presidents of the federations are on the same level with the ministry so that every stakeholder can combat this same issue.”
“Indeed, this seminar is significant as it highlights the commitment of the Ministry and the NADC to reposition Nigeria’s National Anti-Doping Program and sustain the gains of efforts made in securing Nigeria’s reinstatement by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as a code compliant signatory in February this year.
“You may recall that on the 11th of November,2018 Nigeria was delisted by WADA on the grounds that our National Anti-Doping Program was deficient in certain critical areas and therefore, not code compliant.”
He further encouraged the participants to understand the importance of the seminar and use it to educate their various athletes.
“It is on the promise to sustain the momentum of efforts that is seminar is organized to ensure that the issue of anti-doping is brought to bear and that key stakeholders who form the core of athlete support personnel are equipped with relevant and necessary anti-doping knowledge that would enable them to understand their responsibilities and effectively play their role in the fight against doping in sports.
“The task to achieve this cannot be left alone to the National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO), the NADC. Indeed, the WADA Code provides that an effective National Anti-Doping Program should be supported by all stakeholders with each playing their respective roles in the scheme of activities” he concluded.
The seminar will end today with the Minister of Youth and Sports Barrister Solomon Dalung presiding over a meeting with Presidents, Secretaries and Technical Directors of all the Sports Federations to brainstorm on ongoing preparations for the African Games in Morocco later in the