Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022: FG orders full doping test of athletes

The Federal Government has asked all relevant authorities to ensure that the necessary tests are carried out on all athletes before the departure of the contingents for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Birmingham, UK, in July 2022.

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare gave the directive at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja on Tuesday during a meeting held with Commonwealth Games 2022 (CWG) stakeholders

According to him, Nigeria will not hesitate to let go of any athlete who tries to tarnish the country’s image again.

“We will prefer to come back from matches without medals rather than being embarrassed a second time, there should be no exceptions,” he insisted.

Dare, who said the countdown to the match had already started, 60 days from the event, added that the ministry was already working with the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) to ensure accommodation, camping , testing, ticketing and contingent kits are adequate. supported.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, Alhaji Ismaila Abubakar said nine federations are already lined up to fly the Nigerian banner at the games.

He added that Nigeria will field 100 athletes in judo, athletics, boxing, weightlifting, table tennis, wrestling, para-table tennis, para-athletics and para-powerlifting.

Also speaking, the President of the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC), Engr. Habu Gumel, said accreditation is ongoing, adding that 14 media outlets and 701 journalists have applied to cover the games.

In his remarks, the Federation Elites and Athletes Department (FEAD) Director / Head of Mission, Dr. Simon Ebhojaiye revealed that the campsites are ongoing while the official camping phase will commence from May 30 to 30. June and July 2 – July 21, 2022 respectively.

He explained that the Birmingham Games Village will officially open on July 22, 2022 while the Games Opening Ceremony will take place on July 28, 2022.

Naomi C. Amerson