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Buhari Reads Riot Act To Rio Contingent Over Drugs

Posted: Jul 20, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned Nigeria contingent to the Rio Olympics against doping, warning against dragging the name of the country in the mud.
He advised the athletes to be clean and compete honourably, return home glorified, rather than bring win medals which smears of cheating.
He gave the charge on Tuesday, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, where he officially handed over Team Nigeria to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC).
“Please bring as many medals back home as a result of your efforts and endeavour.
“But remember it is more important to compete and acquit your country as a fair sporting nation than to bring a pack of medals as a result of bending the rules and denying the Games of fair competition.
“The eyes of the global community are on you and as such, you should desist from acts that could dent the image of our great country, Nigeria.
“You are aware of recent doping allegations which cast aspersions not only on the individual athletes but on their home countries. Please keep Nigeria clean.
“The menace of drug use in sports is threatening the core foundation of sports and has led to embarrassing situations as well as sanctions of some great sporting nations.  I therefore urge you to keep the integrity of our nation intact by competing clean and fair at the Olympic Games,” Buhari said.
Eighty-six Nigerian athletes will be competing with other athletes from 206 countries in nine sports, namely athletics, basketball, wrestling, weight lifting, boxing, aquatics, football, table tennis, long jump, among others.
The Games are will start on August 5th and end 21st August,2016.
According to Buhari, paucity of funds would not pose any challenge to the team, as a directive has already been given for funds to be released to it.
He told officials who have no business at the Games to stay at home to cheer the team, but if they must go to the Olympics, they should do so at their own expense.
Meanwhile, Minister of Sports Solomon Dalong who led the National Olympic Committee to the Presidency assured that the team would come home with several medals.