OrderPaperToday – The House of Representatives has summoned the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, regarding the disqualification of 10 athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Furthermore, the lawmakers unanimously resolved that the Minister should appear before the House. The invitation is to brief the House on the level of Nigeria’s compliance with extant regulations that guide events such as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Such as the laws set by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
Similarly, the House mandated its Committee on Sports to investigate the cause of the “failed doping test to forestall future occurrence.” In addition, the green chamber asked the ministry of sports to put measures in place to “ensure compliance with extant regulations at both local and international competitions”.
The House made these resolutions on Wednesday during the plenary following a motion sponsored by Lawrence Ayeni from Osun state. Leading debate on the motion, Ayeni said that Nigeria was disqualified despite the “huge funds” available to the Sports Ministry and preparation made by the athletes.
“Nigeria delegation to the Olympic Games fared well in terms of performance, thereby raising the country’s rating the comity of nations,” he said.
“Concerned that despite the huge funds being made available yearly for the regulatory agencies in the sports sector, adequate efforts have not been made to get Nigeria into the category where they would be deemed to have made significant improvements in anti-doping tests.”
The motion was passed when Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila put the question before the House.