By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Solomon Dalung has said there is a need to raise awareness with relevant information on anti-doping regulations especially compliance with relevant Articles of the world regulatory body – the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), SAIDS.
He further reiterated that Nigeria will remain compliant to the world anti-doping rule
He made the assertion while declaring the Stakeholders meeting between Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMY&SD) in collaboration with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the African Institute for Drug-Free SportSAIDS opened at the Treasure Suites and conference in Abuja yesterday.
“Nigeria will remain compliant to the anti-doping rules in order to promote clean sports in Nigeria free from drugs scandals and to promote the value of fair play with a view to positively help in influencing attitudes and behaviours of our athletes.
“Nigeria was risked being delisted by the World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA, but with the quick intervention by the ministry in sitting up National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) in November 2018 saw NADA updating all the necessary information for the nation to and avoid being delisted,” he said.
Dalung also revealed the ministry will sign a bilateral agreement with the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport SAIDS in order to strengthen the national capacity of the anti-doping system and also will sign a three-member partnership bilateral agreement will be overseen by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) together with the South Africa agency.
The director of WADA Africa Office, Mr Rodney Swigelaar lauded Dalung for his their efforts in ensuring free drug sports in Nigeria, while adding that the National Anti-Doping Agency, NADA should be allowed in charging their duties without any form of interference.
On his part the CEO of SAIDS, Mr Khalid Galant opined that South Africa will continue to collaborate with Nigeria to achieve the led down goals set by both countries with the help of the South African government.
Also the chairman House committee on Sports Hon. Goni Bukar said that the national assembly will provide the necessary supports needed by the NADA in carrying out their mandate and to pass the NADA bill into law for the smooth running of the agency.
The Anti-Doping meeting is an integral part of robust strategies being put in place by the sports ministry to evolve a sustainable pragmatic anti-doping regime capable of achieving Drug-free Sports for Nigeria.