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AFN chair, Okowa vows to stamp out doping in athletics

The President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Chief Tonobok Okowa has reiterated his desire to stamp out doping among Nigerian athletes.

Addressing newsmen during the reception held for the Team Nigeria’s U20 athletes who participated in the just World Athletics U20 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya, Okowa said he detests athletes doping to compete.

It will be recalled that Nigeria’s Queen of the tracks, Blessing Okagbare was suspended from the Tokyo Olympic Games after failing her drug test.

“We will make sure we bring the category we are in doping from A category to 0. I don’t like to hear athletes using foul means to compete. They must compete clean and I just formed a commission that will take care of that. I have made sure the athletes were tested while in camp,” he said.

He further declared that since he has been recognized by the World Athletics as the AFN president, his task is to close the dissenting ranks within the federation.

“The World Athletics have spoken and I see myself now as the authentic president of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria. I am going to reach out to them and I have always said that I have never had issues with them on personal grounds.

“I only contested elections with them and I won. Whatever has happened in the past is not for me to dwell on. World Athletics has recognized me, they are my friends and I will reach out to them.

“Ibrahim Gusau and Sunday Adeleye are my personal friends and won’t fight them over positions. My prayer is that they should come close, plead with them for us to sit down and find a way forward,” he declared.

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