The Athletics Integrity Unit has given the sixth IAAF silver label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race held in Okpekpe, Edo State, in May a clean bill of health following the negative dope tests recorded at the one-day meeting.
Spokesman for the race Dare Esan said in Lagos on Wednesday the result of the doping control carried out on race day (May 12) returned an all-negative result.
In an e-mail message to promoter of the race Mike Itemuagbor, the AIU, which sits at the heart of the IAAF’s integrity reforms, confirmed that none of the samples taken at the event tested positive for the use of performance enhancing drugs.
“I am pleased to inform you that the analyses of the doping control samples collected at Okpekpe race, performed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Stockholm, did not reveal the presence or use of a substance or method prohibited under the current WADA Prohibited List,” AIU In Competition Testing Coordinator Virginie Ocquidant wrote.
Esan said, “This is not only a good development for the sport, it is equally a big plus for the organisers of the race.
“When we decided to make Dr Akin Amao who retired as the head of the Medical Unit of the Ministry of Sports and one of Nigeria’s foremost sports medicine practitioners as our head of the anti-doping unit for the race,it was because we wanted to ensure everything about the race has a touch of excellence and integrity. This has given Edo state and Nigeria a positive image that money cannot buy.”