The organisers of the National Anti-Corruption Marathon have warned athletes against the use of performance-enhancing drugs to win competitions while describing such moves as corruption.
The national coordinator, Mr Jacob Onu, gave the warning while speaking at the virtual Anti-corruption Marathon National Youth and Students Summit held at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.
He said just as the Anti-Corruption marathon initiative is aiming at fighting corruption, it is equally against the use of drugs enhancing substances by athletes in sports, saying the effects are enormous.
“We encourage athletes to shun such vices as it is ungodly, immoral and cheating,” Onu said.
“Athletes of all ages feel the drive to succeed with pressure from both internal and external sources. All types of athletic competition require mental and physical toughness beyond that of the average person. Between the intense scrutiny of the coaches and families who dedicate their lives to supporting a person’s career, athletes are subject to immense pressure from all sides. As a result, drug abuse in sports is, unfortunately, common.”
“This initiative happens to be the first globally and it is our desire that it is sustained over time and improved on in subsequent editions. It is also expected to be a platform to encourage and empower participating athletes.”
The marathon race is organised by Fair Play Sports International Agency in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) and Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) according to Leadership.
The total distance of the race is 21.03km (approximately half a marathon), covering a total area of 23.04km2.