The Athletic Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has disclosed that they have no fear of Nigerian athletes failing a dope test at the IAAF World Championships next month in Moscow, Russia.
This is against the background of several reports of failed dope tests by big names in the sport.
At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, three Nigerian female athletes tested positive for banned drugs.
But the chief medical director of AFN, Dr Ken Anugueje, believes the issues of drug cheats will not come up in Moscow. He said as for the last dope test conducted for the selected athletes at the Cross River/All Nigeria Championships in June, they all have been given a clean bill.
“Normally after two weeks of the championships, we are usually notified if there are any failure. It’s been four weeks now and we haven’t heard anything untoward from the lab.
“And so we assume that all our athletes are clean heading to the World Championships,” said Dr. Anugueje.
“The issue of doping is getting serious by the day and we are seeing what is happening. We have athletes pulling out of the championships on account of injury. Perhaps we will have a dope free competition,” Dr Anugueje added.