Nigerian Sports Minister Solomon Dalung on Tuesday vowed to tighten anti-doping measures after eight athletes tested positive during last yearâ€™s All Africa Games in Congo.
â€œThis has brought to the fore the need to conduct more dope tests and strengthen all components of the nationâ€™s anti-doping programme in order to detect, deter and prevent our athletes from this unethical behaviour,â€ Dalung told a press conference.
Competing in five sports â€” athletics, para-athletics, weightlifting, para-weightlifting and wrestling â€” Â the athletes tested positive for banned substances ranging from anabolic steroids to diuretics.
Seven were banned for four years with weightlifter Elizabeth Onuah, a second time offender, getting an eight-year suspension.
A patron of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Ibrahim Galadima, said this scandal could adversely affect the country at the Rio Olympics in August.
â€œIt is indeed embarrassing. It is a major setback at the wrong time. Our preparations for the 2016 Rio Olympics are shaky and so this is indeed very unfortunate,â€ he lamented.
Culled from VANGUARD NEWSPAPER