Organisers of the gold label Okpekpe International 10km Road Race say there will be in-competition doping tests May 27,2023 during the ninth edition of the event in Okpkekpe, Edo State.
Race Director, Zack Amodu, said provision had been made for a full doping control for the event, adding that “full medical services will be available at the venue.”
“In line with World Athletics anti-doping rules, in-competition tests will be conducted for selected athletes during the race. This will be done to preserve the integrity of performances achieved at the event, which is a World Athletics Gold Label race,” Amodu said.
A minimum of eight athletes will be subjected to tests that will be conducted in conformity with the provisions of the international standard for testing and investigations.
“As a World Athletics Gold Label race, four men and four women will undergo the tests, including four with EPO analysis. The testing kits needed for effective anti-doping have arrived. We have a doping station built in Okpekpe for the race. Only the elite athletes will, however, undergo the tests. Athletes who are required to take prohibited substances or methods written in the Prohibited List to treat an illness must apply for TUE (Therapeutic Use Exemptions),” Amodu stated.
He also assured participants of full medical services before, during and after the race.
“The organisers have fully complied with World Athletics Competition Medical Guidelines in the organisation of the medical services provided to participants since the inaugural edition of the race and this year’s event will not be different.”
The race director is confident of another clean and hitch-free race come May 27.
“As you can see, we are fully ready for the race. It is a 10km road race over hills and tarred roads, starting from Apana Road and ending in Okpekpe town.”