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Dalong urges NOC to fight drug abuse among sportsmen




Sports Minister, Solomon Dalong, has urged the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) to join the fight against drug abuse by Nigerian athletes, saying that the menace was against the spirit of Olympism.

Speaking during the NOC’s annual general meeting held at the Yankari Games Resort and Safari, the minister, represented by the director general of the National Sports Commission (NSC), Alhassan Yakmut, said educating the athletes on the dangers of drug abuse would aid the fight against the syndrome.

According to Dalong, “Nigeria as a big player in the international community should champion the fight against drug abuse, which “is one of the three evils bedeviling our sports.

“Nigeria has had its fair share of athletes testing positive to banned drugs and we should all join hands in the battle to eliminate drug abuse.

“The other evil militating against our growth is lack of accountability and I want you to convey to the federations that the new Nigeria is a country where sport administrators live above board.

“Another issue is getting all the stakeholders to build sports from the grassroots because that is where the future lies. It ensures that Nigerian youths are engaged in meaningfully, which in effect reduces crime and other social vices.”

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