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Ondo SWAN, NDLEA sensitise athletes, fans on drug abuse

By Femi Atolagbe

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Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Ondo State chapter, in conjunction with the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have put necessary mechanism in motion to tackle the menace of drug abuse among athletes in the country.

The State Chairman of Sports Writers Association, Segun Giwa, said the association has partnered with NDLEA to tackle the menace among youths (athletes) through a sensitization programme with the theme: “Drug Abuse: Battling Menace in Nigerian Sports.”

The Programme is scheduled to hold at the indoor hall of the State Sports Council, Akure on Friday.

He added that many great athletes had their careers cut short due to unapproved drug intake and performance enhancement drugs.

Giwa said orientation and reorientation remained the best way to help government tackle the menace amongst the athletes and fans, saying, “many young men in the street have ruined their lives through the intake of drugs.”

He added that the sensitisation programme will broader the knowledge of athletes on why they should do away with any performance enhancement drugs, adding that the drugs that seemed to help their career will cut it short and expose them to miserable lives even before retirement.

The chairman disclosed that ex-Olympians like; Lawrence Adegbehingbe, Seun Ogunkoya and other sports Administrators are expected to grace to occasion.

“We don’t want to be sports reporters alone, but a critical stakeholders in the development of sports and without athletes there can’t be any sports, so it’s pertinent to join hands with other critical stakeholders to sensitise and guide the athletes”, he said.

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