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The Ministry of Sports and UNESCO collaborate against doping in sport

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The Ministry of Sports and UNESCO collaborate against doping in sport

By Muhyideen Jimoh

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has announced that it will join forces with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to fight doping in athletes.

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

He underlined the need for the ministry and UNESCO to work in close collaboration to fight against doping in sport.

“We deliberately seek partnerships and collaborations with any youth-focused organization. As a ministry, we will continue to provide the youth of our country with the benefits available, ”he said.

Dare said that as the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics approached, emphasis had been placed on the need for Nigerian athletes to compete cleanly at the Games.

“We are barely eight days before the start of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the emphasis has been on the need for clean sports, as we ask athletes to compete fairly and cleanly, without the use of banned substances.

“In a few days we will see more than 58 of our athletes from nine different sports competing with the best in the world in Tokyo.

“Over the years of preparation, the focus has been on ensuring that we do not 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 and doping-free.

“We want to congratulate the ministry for all the youth and sports focused initiatives that have been carried out and produced results.

“For our part, we will continue to ensure that our athletes compete cleanly in all competitions at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and beyond, not taking any substance that breaks the rules of the sport,” she said. . (NAA)

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