THE Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development said it regretted the unfortunate development of 10 Nigerian track and field athletes not meeting the testing conditions of the Athletics Integrity Unit.
In a statement, Permanent Secretary and Chef de Mission Team Nigeria Nebelosa Anako said 12 other top track and field athletes have been cleared to complete in the games.
Anako said all necessary efforts were made to bring the athletes to date with compliance to the WADA regulations by the ministry.
He added that the 10 athletes are principally alternate and foreign students athletes, whose tests did not meet with WADA sample collection and analysis standards.
Anako said the situation is being managed by the Ministry and the AFN which have requested all athletes in the Games Village to remain focussed to doing our motherland proud.
He noted that the 10 athletes did not test positive for any banned substance, but rather did not meet up with the last of the 3 out-of-competition tests due to the aforementioned reason.
He said the ministry commended the decision of the AFN to appoint Prof. Ken Anugweje as head of its medical and anti doping commission.
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