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Amao Named Okpekpe Race Anti-Doping Officer

Posted: Apr 28, 2016 at 3:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Dr Akinwunmi Amao, former head of the medical unit of the Sports Ministry, has been named the chief anti-doping officer for next month’s fourth Okpekpe international 10km road race in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state.
Dr Amao, will be in-charge of doping control at the race that will be conducted in accordance with the IAAF Anti-Doping Regulations.
“Dr Akin Amao who is the head/chairman of the Medical and Scientific Commission of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) will be the head of the anti-doping unit for the race,” said Dare Esan spokesman for the race.
“Doping issues are taking very seriously by the IAAF following recent damaging revelations and as a recognised stakeholder in the athletics family, it is our responsibility to align with the IAAF in the fight for a dope free sport hence our decision to look for a man of honour and integrity to head the anti-doping unit for the race in Okpekpe.
“This is an important step in our drive to ensure credibility in the doping system. We have built a doping station at the finish area in Okpekpe where the doping control will take place,” Esan added.
As a bronze label race the IAAF regulations state that a minimum of four samples must be collected for mixed races (2 men and 2 women) while additional doping tests shall be conducted when a World and/or an Area Record is broken or equalled and upon request by any athlete who has broken a National Record although this will be at the athlete’s expense.
“We have insisted that athletes must complete the authentic application forms with duly certified medical report before confirmation can be given for the race. Athletes with illnesses or conditions that require the use of medication listed on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s Prohibited List are advised to apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) with the relevant agency before coming for the race,” said Esan.