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Reps summons sports minister over athletes’ disqualification at Tokyo Olympics

THE Nigerian House of Representatives on Wednesday reached a decision to summon sports minister Sunday Dare regarding the disqualification of Nigerian athletes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in July.

Due to failure to take the number of required tests, 10 of Team Nigeria’s 23 track and field athletes were disqualified from taking part in the Olympics.

The athletes were already in Tokyo but they were prevented from participating due to a ruling by the Athletics Integrity Unit of World Athletics.

The affected athletes staged a protest on the streets of Tokyo, expressing their frustration that all their preparations for the Games had been in vain.

The House passed the resolution to summon Dare during plenary session on Wednesday, following the adoption of a motion sponsored by Lawrence Ayeni from Osun State.

The minister has been summoned to brief the Congress on the level of Nigeria’s compliance with the regulations set by the AIU regarding out-of-competition tests.

“Nigeria delegation to the Olympic Games fared well in terms of performance, thereby raising the country’s rating in the comity of nations,” Ayeni was quoted by The Cable.

“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 unanimously adopted after it was put to a voice vote by Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila.

The House mandated the Sports Committee to look into the matter and instructed the ministry to ensure strict compliance with regulations going forward.

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