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Nigeria partners South Africa on Antidoping

The Ministry of Youths and Sports Development is having a two-day workshop on antidoping which would be rounded off on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Sports Minister Solomon Dalung disclosed this shortly after declaring the workshop opened.

According to Dalung, “The 2 day workshop is as a fallout of de-listing Nigeria in November 2018 by World Antidoping Agency (WADA) for non compliance of some aspects of their rules. They gave us (Nigeria) 21 days to remedy.

“Part of what they required within the 21 days was for us to pass a legislation establishing NADO (Nigeria Antidoping Office). We did everything possible within that period but the National Assembly ended up at the level having the report which is being anticipated.

“So we are at the level of laying the report and subsequent transmission of the bill to Mr. President for assent.

“The other aspect of it we were able to clear it. What is outstanding now is the aspect of legislation. So what we are doing here today (Monday) is the development of partnership between NADC (Nigeria Antidoping Committee and South Africa Institute for Drug Free Sports (SAID) in other to develop the competencies in management of testing results and developing the capacity for the management of our NADC itself.

“South Africa is a model because they are far, far developed. We partner with them and they will spend two days with us here in Abuja and share and compare books and ideas”, Dalung disclosed.

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