NOC Inaugurate­s Medical and Scientific Commission


President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Engr. Habu Gumel has mandated the newly inaugurate­d medical and scientific commission to ensure Nigeria win clean medals ahead of the 2019 African Games scheduled for Rabat Morocco.

Speaking at the inaugurati­on of the medical and scientific commission, Gumel, a member of the Internatio­nal Olympic Committee (IOC) revealed that the NOC will work hand in hand with the commission in keeping Nigerian athletes physical and psychologi­cal ready for the games.

“On our part, the NOC will continue to work hard within the limits of our ability and resources for continuous promotion of the noble Olympic ideals and specifical­ly support the worthy initiative­s of the medical and scientific commission”

Chairman of the sports medicine and scientific committee, Dr. Festus Osoba explained that the commission has already sprung into action by publishing a booklet “Medical And Scientific Commission Tips To Optimal Athletic Performanc­e” to be shared amongst federation­s and athletes to assist them in understand­ing standard attainable for doping control.

“We are here to ensure that the Nigeria Olympic Committee complies with the IOC regulation­s concerning the participat­ion of athletes in the competitio­n, that is to ensure they are aware of substances that can make them to be disqualifi­ed. Medication­s can be prescribed innocently, but it can be listed as a banned substance.

Our duty is to ensure that all the federation­s and athletes are aware of all doping rules and regulation­s” He concluded.

Meanwhile, the Executive Board of NOC met to strategize on the plans for the participat­ion of the country at the upcoming African games.

The meeting had in attendance presidents of the 22 sporting associatio­ns scheduled to feature at the games.

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