WADA clears Nigeria of anti-doping rule violation

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) says it has approved all pending critical and high-priority corrective actions required by Nigeria following its review by the National Anti-Doping Committee, NADC’s ongoing monitoring program, corrective action plan and its efforts. to address them.

This good news is contained in two separate letters dated August 2 and 4, 2021 and addressed to the NADC.

“Following the review of your ongoing monitoring program, corrective action plan, and your responses to address the required high-priority and critical corrective actions, we are pleased to inform you that WADA has concluded that your organization has adequately addressed all critical corrective actions, “read the first letter, while the second, specifically addressed to NADC chief Dr. Fadekemi Fadeyibi, delivered the spirited news.

“Following the latest developments, we have signed the remaining critical corrective actions at the CCC. Therefore, the relevant compliance procedure has been closed, ”the second letter reads.

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By implication, Nigeria has successfully addressed all identified non-conformities with its national anti-doping program and code compliance that led to the country’s exclusion by WADA on December 6, 2018.

Although WADA reinstated Nigeria shortly after acknowledging some of the initial steps taken by NADC, implementation of these corrective actions was considered pending until recent acknowledgment of successful implementation by WADA.

Nigeria was declared a signatory to the Code of Non-compliance in December 2018 over deficiencies identified in the NADC’s national anti-doping program and required to implement some critical corrective actions.

What remains now is legislative endorsement and this could not have come at a better time as the House of Representatives Sports Committee of Representatives will hold a public hearing to address the ineligibility of 10 Nigerian athletes to compete in the Games. Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July and August.

The committee has been directed to expedite action on the establishment of a legislatively backed National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO), which remains the key pending action required to raise Nigerian code compliance and make Nigeria’s anti-doping administration comparable to the key NADOs in the African region. namely, the NSOs of South Africa and Kenya.

The committee has also invited the Honorable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare to come and shed light on what happened in Tokyo, but athletics observers are asking the committee to also invite the immediate previous board of the Nigerian Athletics Federation recognized by both. World Athletics and the Athletics Integrity Unit as the governing body for athletics in Nigeria to come and explain why it did not appoint a qualified anti-doping officer or establish an anti-doping committee for four years.

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