Evans, Rauf banned four years over doping violation
Fulbright scholar and winner of two Olympics gold medals Lee Edward Evans has been banned for coaching athletes for four years after the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Anti-Doping Committee which met at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife on February 17, 2014 found him guilty of giving a youth athlete performance enhancing drugs.
In a release on athleticsnigeria.com, Evans who is a consultant to Lagos State Government was banned alongside Coach Abass Rauf who was banned for life.
The panel headed by Dr. Ken Anugweje, with Femi Ayorinde and Eric Cambell as members and James Eakyns as secretary discharge and acquitted the third accused Tony Osheku.
The athlete a minor (name withheld) told the panel that Abass took her to a medical doctor who injected her with an unknown substance despite the fact that she was not sick.
She claimed shecollapsed after the injection and when she was revived, she asked the coach why he brought her to be injected and he said she should have confidence in him that he could not harm her. He also warned her not to disclose what happened to anyone although she confided in her mother.
She revealed that Evans introduced her to supplements and amino acid and a sport drink when she was in Lagos State training camp.
Osheku told the panel he was not aware that Evans gave the athlete any subtance whether prohibited or not
Evans admitted he gave the athlete supplements (amino acid complete and metaboliq infusions) between February and March 2013.He tendered the supplements he gave to the athlete and concluded that he gave the athlete the substance because women need supplements for their health and that the substance given were not prohibited.