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MRI test for Nigeria Youth Olympic team

By Ben Efe

All the Nigerian athletes selected to participate at the maiden Youth Olympics August in Singapore are to undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) test to ascertain if they are within the stipulated age limit.

National Sports Commission director-general, Patrick Ekeji hinted that the athletes may face the test, if the need arises, before they go for the Games meant for only under-18 athletes.

“We don’t want our country to be disgraced. Only eligible athletes will be presented,” said the former Nigeria international.

Already, the nine boxers selected by the Nigeria Boxing Federation have been tested by the NSC sports medicine department. The result has not been made public.

The boxers are billed to travel to Baku, Azerbaijan for the Olympic qualifiers later this month.

However, there is no word yet on when the Athletics Federation of Nigeria will test the athletes who are in camp at Oghara Delta State. The junior athletes will also participate in the Youth Olympic trials in Dakar, Senegal in May.

“We have not been notified yet by the NSC or NOC concerning the MRI test. But if they do we will test the athletes we have in camp,” said an AFN official yesterday.


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