#TokyoOlympicS: Reps will investigate the Sports Ministry after a failed doping test

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The House of Representatives has directed its Sports Committee to look into the immediate and long-term causes of the failed drug test in order to prevent such incidents in the future.

The House also demanded a probe into the actions of the Federal Ministry of Sports and Youth Development in relation to Nigerian athletes' failed drug tests at the Tokyo  Olympics.

This followed the House of Representatives' adoption of a motion by Rep Lawrence Ayeni, APC-Osun, on Wednesday in Abuja.

He observed that the Nigerian delegation to the Olympic  Games performed admirably, improving the country's standing in the Community of Nations.

He condemned the event on July 20, in which the International Association of Athletics Federations' Athletics Integrity section banned ten Nigerian athletes.

This, he claimed, includes the highly-rated Blessing Okagbare, who was disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics for failing to fulfil out-of-competition drug testing criteria.

Blessing Okagbare, who won the first heat of the women's 100m, was accused by the Athletics Integrity Unit of testing positive for human growth hormone.

He said that the accusation proved that the sportsmen in question had broken the regulations.

In the 10 months preceding up to a big event, countries judged to be at high risk of doping were required to undertake three no-notice out-of-competition tests.

Despite the large sums of money made available to sports regulatory authorities on a yearly basis, he claims that appropriate attempts have not been done to bring Nigeria into the category.

According to him, this is the area in which they would be considered to have achieved substantial advances in anti-doping testing.

As a result, the House decided to call the Minister of Sports and Youth Development to address the Sports Committee.

This is in terms of Nigeria's adherence to the International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) and the Athletics Integrity Unit's (AIU) anti-doping policies.

The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development was also asked by the House to take the necessary steps to guarantee that existing regulations are followed in both local and international events.