Organizers of the 10km Okpekpe mountain race has announced that Dr. Akin Amao has retained his position as head of anti-doping unit of the seventh edition of the race which holds on Saturday May 12,2018 in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo state.
Amao, one of Nigeria’s foremost sports medicine practitioners and former head of the Medical Unit of the Ministry of Youth and Sports was in-charge of the doping control of the fourth and fifth editions of the race in 2016 and 2017 and has been retained for this year’s event.
“We are delighted to announce that Dr. Amao will continue in his role as the head of the anti-doping unit of the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe international 10km road race. With the elevation of the race to a silver label status, the first of its kind in Nigeria, it is only necessary we retain the best hands that earned us the elevated status and Dr. Amao is one of them,” said Dare Esan, spokesman for the race.
“Dr, Amao is seen as a synonym for integrity and that is what is required in doping matters and we at Okpekpe want honour and integrity to continue to be our watchword.”
Esan further revealed that the name of Dr. Amao will be sent to the IAAF alongside the kind of sampling materials (urine kits) that will be used with the expiry date and the mode of transporting it to a WADA-accredited laboratory.
“We have a doping station built in Okpekpe for the race.This is where the sample collection session will be conducted by doping control officers who have been trained and authorized by the
Esan also revealed that testing kits needed for effective anti-doping in accordance with IAAF anti-doping rules have arrived.
The Okpekpe international 10km road race is one of two road races in Nigeria certified by the IAAF and the only one recognized by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).