The Ministry of Youth and Sports is seeking collaboration with the Australian Anti Doping Authority.

This was made known when a five-man Nigerian delegation led by Barrister Solomon Dalung, the Youth and Sports Minister, visited the Operations Centre of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority in Gold Coast on Wednesday to acquaint themselves with the organizational structure of the Centre.

Barrister Dalung asked for a partnership between the two countries' anti doping centers to enable Nigeria to forge a formidable anti doping structure.

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"We are grateful for your magnanimity in enabling us to visit this magnificent anti-doping Centre. We will appreciate a collaboration with Australia and any other assistance from your country to ensure a dope free society.

"We wish to emulate the organizational structure of Australia Sports Anti-doping Authority which will be used as a benchmark for the establishment of a legislatively backed anti doping agency in Nigeria."

In his remarks, the Operations Centre Manager and Director Investigations, Darrel Jeffery gave a brief introduction of the operations organization structure and functions of the center.

He said that the Anti Doping Agency was upgraded to Anti Doping Authority as a result of the need to increase the independence and responsibilities conferred on the organization.

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