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2022 Commonwealth Games: Completely test all athletes, FG orders authorities

NEWS DIGEST — The Federal Government has directed the testing of all athletes by relevant authorities before the Nigeria representatives head out to Birmingham, UK for this year’s commonwealth Games billed to start on July 22, 2022.

The directive was given by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, today, during a meeting held with the stakeholders of the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja.

He said that Nigeria is not willing to take chances again with any athlete that can jeopardise the reputation of the country.

“We will prefer to come back from the games without medals rather than being embarrassed a second time, there must be no exceptions,” Mr Dare insisted.

Mr Dare further stated that the countdown to the game has already started, with 60 days to the event, he added that the Ministry is already working with the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC) to ensure that contingents’ accommodation, camping, testing, ticketing and kits are adequately taken care of.

100 athletes will be adorning the country’s colours in nine separate events at the 2022 games in Birmingham – Judo, Athletics, Boxing, Weightlifting, Table tennis, Wrestling, Para-table tennis, Para-athletics and Para-powerlifting.

Birmingham Games Village will officially be declared open on July 22, 2022 while the opening ceremony for the Games will be held on July 28, 2022.

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