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Sunday Dare Under Heavy fire Over Athletes Olympic Shameful Disqualification




The Minister of Youths and Sports Development; Hon. Sunday Dare, is set to sit on a hot seat following his invitation by the House of Representatives over the disgraceful disqualification of some Nigerian athletes at the just concluded 2020 Olympics held in Japan.




The decision to invite the Oyo born minister was communicated during the house plenary today; Wednesday, 22nd September 2021.




According to reports, investigations into Nigeria’s disqualification from the quadrennial event was unanimously adopted by members of the House under the title “Need to Investigate Activities of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development on Failed Doping test by Nigerian Athletes at the Olympics Games in Tokyo”.




Mr. Babatunde Ayeni, speaking during the session, stated that Nigeria has a solid reputation at the Olympics in the past, and that her remarkable performance in some Olympic events has earned the country tremendous respect from sports fans all over the world.




While recalling the “Past Glories” of the Nigerian delegation at the Olympics, such as the Atlanta 96 Gold Medal winning “Dream Team” and Chioma Ajunwa’s exploits at the same games, the lawmaker lamented that the recent disqualification of some top members of the contingents to the Tokyo 2020 edition, not only reduced Nigeria’s chances of repeating the feat, but also rubbed off badly on the Nigerian contingent.




Reacting to the banning of 10 Nigerian athletes from participating in the games by the Athletes Integrity Unit on July 20, 2021, Hon. Ayeni said that the highly rated athlete, Blessing Okagbare was disqualified for allegedly testing positive for human growth hormone even after coming tops at the women’s 100 meters heat.




In his words ” The House is concerned that despite the huge funds being made available yearly for the regulatory agencies in the sports sector, adequate efforts have not been made to get Nigeria into the category where they would be deemed to have made significant improvements in anti-doping tests “.



He further said “The House is also aware that the allegation further affirmed that the affected athletes failed to comply with the rules requiring those from countries deemed to be at High risk of doping to undergo three no-notice -out -of -competition tests in a 10 months period leading up to a major event “.




Consequent to the concerns expressed by Hon. Ayeni and other members of the House of Representatives, the Oyo State-born Minister of Sports and Youth Development was summoned to appear before the committee on Nigeria’s compliance with the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and its anti-doping arm, the Athletics Integrity Unit, as soon as possible.

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