Sports ministry, UNESCO to collaborate against doping in sports

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Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development says it will with Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) to fight doping by athletes.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare stated this on Friday, in Abuja, when Nigeria’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Hajo Sani paid him a courtesy visit.

He stressed need for ministry and UNESCO to closely together to curb doping in sports.

“In a deliberate way we seek partnerships and collaborations with any that is Youth focused. As a Ministry, we will keep availing the youth of our country the benefits that are available,” he said.

Dare said with the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics just around the corner, emphasis had been on the need for Nigerian athletes to compete clean at the .

“We are barely eight days to the commencement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and emphasis has been on the need to have clean sports as we’ve been charging the athletes to compete fairly and cleanly, without using any banned substances.

“In another few days we will see over 58 of our athletes in nine different sports competing with the best across the world in Tokyo.

the years of preparations, the emphasis has been on making sure we do violate any of the guidelines provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency,” he said.

Earlier, Hajo Sani stressed the need for Nigerian athletes to always compete clean devoid of doping.

“We want to commend the Ministry for all the youth and sports focused initiatives that’s has been running and yielding results.

“On our part we will continue to ensure that our sportsmen and women compete clean in all competitions at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and beyond, by taking any substances that violate the rules of Sports,” she said.