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Tokyo 2020: Sports ministry sets up committee to probe missed tests by athletes

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[FILES] Tokyo 2020 Long Jump bronze medallist, Ese Brume (right), receiving her cash gift from Sports Minister, Sunday Dare.

The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, has constituted a committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding 10 athletes of Team Nigeria becoming ineligible to contest at the just-concluded Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Following the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) ruling that 10 of Team Nigeria’s athletes were ineligible to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on account of not taking at third mandatory Out of Competition Test (OCT), the minister promised to probe the unfortunate development.

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The committee of seven to investigate the development is chaired by Prof. Ken Anugweje of the University of Port Harcourt, while other members are Dr. John Onyeudo, Director Sports Medicine in the Ministry; Femi Ajao of the Ministry’s Zonal office and Maria Wophil, of the Federation and Elite Athletes Department (FEAD) of the Ministry as Secretary.

Other members of the committee are Dr. Abdulkadir Muazu, who is a former director of Science at the National Sports Commission; DIG. Sani Mohammed, a former board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN); and Udo-Obong Enefiok, former athlete and Olympian.

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