The world soccer governing body, FIFA, has appointed erstwhile team doctor of Nigeria’s national U-17 team, Dr Ayodeji Olarinoye, as a Doping Control Officer(DCO), SportingLife.ng reports.
A professional member of the American College of Sports Medicine and British Association of Sports & Exercise Medicine, Olarinoye with the appointment becomes the country’s first FIFA doping control officer.
He joins the network of FIFA medical officers charged with the responsibility of ensuring safe and healthy participation in football after attending several FIFA anti-doping trainnings and has since been involved with doping controls around the world.
Nicknamed NFA (Nigeria Football Association) during his undergraduate years at the University of Ilorin partly for his love for the beautiful game of soccer, the 38-year-old is son of retired civil servant and former Head of International Department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the 1990s, Dr. Steve Olarinoye.
Known for his drive and industry, it would be recalled that Olarinoye was honoured in 2015 by the Nigeria Medical Association for his dedication to duty and special interest in the field of sports medicine.
He is currently running a programme in sports and exercise medicine in the United Kingdom.