AFN President, Chief Solomon Ogba
The suspected dealer in performance enhancing drugs arrested in Calabar on Wednesday night is still cooling his heels in police custody even as his capture has thrown the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) secretariat into celebrating a major breakthrough in the fight against doping amongst the country’s athletes.
The dealer simply identified as Chimeze has been fingered by past athletes caught in the dope web as the source of the performance enhancing drugs that caused their ban from the sport.
The latest of such athlete, Patience Okon George, tested positive to a banned substance she claimed to have got from the dealer as vitamins. The suspect is believed to have his operational base in Mushin area of Lagos State.
Chairman of AFN’S Medical Committee, Dr Ken Anugwueje told THISDAY that the type of drugs found with the suspects are not common here in the country and wondered how he came about having such a large quantity in his possession.
“Most of the banned performance enhancing drugs we found in his box when arrested shocked me. Most of these drugs are only found on the internet and bought by special prescription,” SAID Anugwueje, who is a sports medicine expert and current NUGA chairman.
AFN President, Chief Solomon Ogba also expressed his happiness that the same person the federation has been tracking for five years has finally been nabbed by the long arms of the law.
“This is a major breakthrough for us. This guy has been named as the source of the drug that put most of our athletes who tested positive to banned substances. Why were at the SIB (Special Investigation Bureau) of the Police here in Calabar and ensure that the suspect is charged to court,” said the AFN chief.
Meanwhile, the AFN has intensified its plans to ensure that has a 100 per cent dope free record at the 2012 London Olympics.
The federation said Thursday that it will do everything to avoid a repeat of how Damola Osayomi’s dope offence marred the good outing posted by Team Nigeria’s track and field squad to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.