The Director General of Sports Ministry/National Sports Commission (NSC), Mr. Patrick Ekeji affirms support for Damola Osayomi, despite having her gold medal withdrawn after testing positive to Methylhexamine, a banned stimulant.
Ekeji, who flew in from Delhi yesterday afternoon, said after he was fully briefed on the matter on Monday by Elias Gora, Nigeria’s chef de mission upon his arrival in Delhi on Monday, he came to the conclusion that Osayomi could not have deliberately taking any substance to enhance her performance.
“Damola is one of our most consistent and dedicated athletes right from her days as a youth athlete.
What she has taken is not an anabolic steroid, if it were then there might have been the possibility that she was doping but as you know, what she has taken is a stimulant, which she did not take deliberately.
It was administer to her as part of medication for some health challenge.
“Naturally, she is devastated by what is happening but we are standing by her.
We are giving her all the support she needs and we are calling on Nigeria to standby her at a time like this.
She has served Nigeria well and should not be abandoned,” Ekeji said.
Ekeji also said he was satisfied with the fact that beside Osayomi and hurdler, Samuel Okon, who both tested positive to the same stimulant, Nigerian athletes at the Commonwealth Games were drug free.
He said this was the result of steps taken by the ministry to ensure that Nigeria’s contingent to the Games were clean.
“We have recorded huge success in educating our athletes on the dangers of doping.
We have carried out regular competition and out of competition tests. Before our athletes left for India they were tested and found clean.