Senate passes national anti-doping bill

The Senate has passed the national anti-doping bill 2024.

The bill seeks to prohibit Nigerian athletes from consuming performance-enhancing substances during or after sporting competitions.

The passage of the bill followed the consideration and approval of the report of the Senate committee on judiciary, human rights, and legal matters during plenary.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Mohammed Monguno presented the report during plenary on Thursday.

Senators adopted the recommendations of the committee and approved the bill when it was put to a voice vote by deputy Senate President Barau Jibrin, who presided over the plenary.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu had, in an earlier letter read on the floor by the deputy Senate President, urged the Senate to enact the law.

According to the president, the bill was meant to domesticate and enforce in Nigeria, the international convention against doping in sports ahead of the 2024 Olympic Games in France.

Tinubu said it was also meant to establish the Nigeria Anti-doping Centre to implement Nigeria’s obligations to the World Anti-Doping Code in conformity with international standards.

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