The panel set up by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare to probe why 10 Nigerian track and field athletes failed to complete the mandatory three out-of-competition tests which subsequently led to their ineligibility to compete at the Tokyo Olympics says it will conclude the assignment before the one month deadline explicitly stated in their letter of appointment.
The panel which has seven members is headed by Professor Ken Anugweje while a former Secretary General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN, Mrs Maria Worphil will serve as the secretary. The panel, according to Mrs Worphil had its first meeting on September 2 while the second meeting was held six days later.
“We are at the stage of in-person interaction and should conclude before the deadline given in our letter of appointment,” said Mrs Worphil.
The panel, as part of its terms of reference will ascertain the roles and responsibilities of the National Antidoping Commission, the AFN, the Federation of Elite Athletes Development, the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the Nigeria Olympic Committee and the affected athletes in the testing process.
It will examine the impact of the crisis that engulfed the AFN soon after the inauguration of the last board headed by Shehu Ibrahim Gusau in July 2017 on the testing process and normal administrative processes.