Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: MOC Begins Conduct of Dope Tests

The Main Organising Committee (MOC) for the ongoing 18th National Sports Festival, tagged "Eko 2012" said yesterday that it was already conducting doping tests on athletes participating at the Games.

Abba Yola, Secretary-General of the MOC, disclosed this at a news conference in Lagos heralding the commencement of the athletic events today.

"Anti-doping tests started on Sunday and athletes are being tested randomly. Any athlete found guilty will be sanctioned and the state will also face trial.

"Track and Field events will start on Tuesday and all athletes representing their states are all ready for the events.

"The swimming event has started today (Monday), after the pool was confirmed ready," Yola said, adding that the MOC also took time to talk about counting of medals and updating the table.

"The official medals table will be issued at 7.30 p.m. daily, after almost all events have been concluded. Any medal that comes in after will be updated at 8.30 a.m. the following day," he added.

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