No less than five Nigerian athletes who participated at the 2015 All African Games (AAG), have tested positive to the use of banned substances, sports minister, Solomon Dalung has said.
According to the minister, the failed test means Nigeria is at a risk of losing their second-place finish at the competition.
Speaking during a meeting with the Nigeria Olympics Committee (NOC) in Abuja on Thursday, Dalung explained that the athletes failed the tests after World Anti Doping Agency, WADA, took and tested their urine samples at the end of the Games.
The minister revealed that while some of the athletes failed the test at the AAG, others tested positive at the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Championship in Warri.
He admitted that this development may lead to Nigeria losing five medals won at the competition.
“About five medals have been indicted because of the development and that takes us to why we are meeting here with the NOC. We still want to intensify our advocacy on anti-doping. The issue of doping is not always as we say it.
“Sometimes it could be from the food the athlete has taken or some drugs they took without knowing the impli- cations before the event. So, what we are planning to do is to improve on our advocacy on anti doping,” he noted.
The athletes involved are Deborah Odeyemi, Chinazo Amadi, Samson Idiata in athletics and Sunday Eze and Thomas Kure of para athletics and power lifting respectively.
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