Lagos - Ajibade Fasina-Thomas, a former President of the Nigeria Weightlifting Federation (NWF), on Sunday advised athletes for the 2012 Paralympics Games to stay clear of performance enhancing drugs.
Fasina-Thomas, in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, made the plea ahead of 2012 Paralympics Games scheduled for August 29 to September 9 in London.
According to him, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) is not lenient with the issue of doping.
"The IOC does not take the issue of drugs likely, there are devices that can easily detect these banned substance. I urge the athletes for the Games to be careful.
"They should be mindful of what they eat and they should consult their team doctor before eating or taking any substance.”
Fasina-Thomas expressed optimism that the Para-athletes will do well judging by their past records, saying they should learn from Nigeria’s woeful performance at the just-concluded London 2012 Olympics.
"I am hopeful that the athletes will do well than their able-bodied athletes. They should just believe in themselves and fly the country’s flag high at the Games."
He appealed to government to invest in its athletes, saying athletes of all nature should be supported.
Fashina-Thomas noted that Para-athletes should not be abandoned because they were also talented.
Nigeria out of the 11 sports at the Paralympics would feature in three, the Para-power lifting, Para-table tennis and Para-athletics.