Okpekpe 10km race retains Amao as anti-doping boss

Organisers of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race have announced Dr Akin Amao will continue in his position as the head of the anti-doping unit of the sixth edition of the race. It holds on Saturday May 12 in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State, Extrasportsnigeria.com reports.

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.

A statement by the organisers read, “We are delighted to announce that Dr Amao will continue in his role as the head of the anti-doping unit of the race. With the elevation of the race to a silver label status, the first of its kind in Nigeria nay West Africa, it is only necessary we retain the best hands that earned us the elevated status and Amao is one of them.

“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 Nigeria anti-doping agency with delegated responsibility for the on-site management of sample collection session.”

The Okpekpe Road Race is one of two road races in Nigeria certified by the IAAF and the only one recognised by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

The race is organised by Pamodzi Sports Marketing, leaders in sports marketing and hospitality business in Nigeria.