DOPING VIOLATION: Legendary athlete, Lee Evans banned for four years
The Commitee, which met at the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife on February 17, 2014 found him guilty of giving a youth athlete performance enhancing drugs.
In a release on athleticsnigeria.com,Â Evans who is a consultant to Lagos State Government was banned alongside Coach Abass Rauf who was banned for life.Â
The panel headed by Dr. Ken Anugweje, with Femi Ayorinde and Eric Cambell as members and James Eakyns as secretary discharged and acquitted the third accused Tony Osheku.
Â The athlete, a minor (name withheld) told the panel that Abass took her to a medical doctor who injected her with an unknown substance despite the fact that she was not sick.
She claimed shecollapsed after the injection and when she was revived, she asked the coach why he brought her to be injected and he said she should have confidence in him that he could not harm her. He also warned her not to disclose what happened to anyone although she confided in her mother.
She revealed that Evans introduced her to supplements and amino acid and a sport drink when she was in Lagos State training camp.
Osheku told the panel he was not aware that Evans gave the athlete any subtance whether prohibited or not.
Evans admitted he gave the athlete supplements (amino acid complete andÂ metaboliq infusions) between February and March 2013.He tendered the supplements he gave to the athlete and concluded that he gave the athlete the substance becauseÂ women need supplements for their health and that the substance given were not prohibited.
Abass admitted he took the athlete to their family doctor for treatment for malaria when she complained of feeling feverish but she was never injected by the doctor, rather she was given tablets.
On cross examination, Abass contradicted himself by saying that the injection was given in the doctorâ€™s apartment and not in the hospital.
The panel concluded that Evans and Abass gave the athlete performance enhancing substances and that these substances may have been responsible for the analytical findings in her urine.
The panel was convinced that the analytical finding in her urine was not due to her fault or negligence and having provided substantial assistance to the panel by mentioning the coaches who gave her the subtances.
Osheku was exonorated because he had no knowledge of the substance given to the athlete.
The panel established that EvansÂ gave the athlete supplements without the knowledge of the medical doctor and assistant coach attached to the Lagos State Athletics team, and concluded that it is not impossible that the substances he gave to the athlete could have been laced with prohibited substances found in the athleteâ€™s urine.
The panel therefore recommended a four year ineligility period taking effect from date of hearing February 17, 2014.
Abass was found him guilty of administration of prohibited substance to a minor athlete, threatening the athlete not to tell anyone that she was injected without being sick.
He tried to conceal the truth by lyng to the panel thereby attempting to mislead the panel.
This case is viewed seriously particularly because a minor is involved.Â He also tried to mislead the panel who therefore recommended a lifetime period of ineligibility with reference to Article 10.3.2 of the code.