The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is planning to build a National Anti-doping Laboratory in the country in 2022.
This was contained in the 2022 budget presented by President Muhammadu Buhari to National assembly in October.
According to the document, the anti-doping laboratory will be domiciled at the University of Nigeria Nsukka.
It was gathered that the construction of the project is expected to cost N350m.
The construction of the new lab comes after Nigerian athletes were barred from partaking in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for failing to meet anti-doping requirements.
10 out 20 Nigerian athletes were barred from the Olympics by the Athletics Integrity Unit.
“Nigeria is the most affected country, not meeting the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 for 10 athletes,” AIU said in a statement in July.
In reaction to the development, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria set up a seven-man Medical and Anti-Doping Commission headed by Professor Ken Anugweje.
When completed, the anti-doping laboratory will get accreditation from the World Anti-Doping Agency before it can carry out human doping control sample analyses.
According to World Anti-Doping Agency website, “A WADA accredited laboratory which can also conduct blood analyses in support of the haematological module of the Athlete Biological Passport.”
WADA also ratified some other laboratories to collect blood analyses in support of the Ambulatory Blood Pressure Testing.
Before now, anti-doping tests conducted on Nigeria athletes were taken out of the country for analyses.