The Athletics Federation of Nigeria has announced a seven-man Medical and Anti-Doping Commission headed by Professor Ken Anugweje.
Tonobok Okowa, president of the federation, made the announcement Sunday in Tokyo, venue of the ongoing Olympic Games.
Others members of the commission are Dr Paul Onyido, Dr Femi Ayorinde, Dr Effi Usen and Dr Bukola Bojuwoye, as well as a yet to be appointed Technical Director of the federation, while Inwang Mfon is the commissionâ€™s secretary.
Okowa said the announcement of the members of the new commission became very necessary to ensure the country was removed from the unwanted categorisation as one of World Athletics member federations with the highest doping risks.
â€œThe commission has been charged with the responsibility of ensuring Nigeria is within a reasonable period of time removed from the list of seven countries World Athletics and the Athletics Integrity Unit named as having the highest doping risks and considered as a threat to the overall integrity of athletics,â€ Okowa said.
â€œThey are also to ensure appropriate anti-doping measures are in place in accordance with World Athletics anti-doping rules so that the federation can prevent a repeat of the disqualification of our athletes at global international competitions.â€
The AFN also apologised to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), the sports minister, Sunday Dare, and Nigerians for the events which led to the inability of 10 track and field athletes to compete at the ongoing Olympics.
â€œAs a new board, we have to take responsibility for the inaction of our predecessors and assure Nigerians that appropriate measures will always be taken at all times and in compliance with relevant World Athletics competition and anti-doping rules to protect our athletes,â€ he said.