By: Onifade Bello A.
Dr Ayodeji Olarinoye, a former medical doctor in the U-17 Nigerian football team has been appointed by the world football governing body, FIFA, as a Doping Control Officer.
A native of Omupo in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, 38-year-old Ayodeji is a graduate of the University of Ilorin. His love for football during his undergraduate days earned him the nickname NFA – Nigerian Football Association.
According to the University of Ilorin’s weekly bulletin, Ayodeji, the appointed FIFA Doping Control Officer, is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine and British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine. He is also currently running a programme in Sports and Exercise Medicine in Cardiff, United Kingdom.
According to the bulletin, Ayodeji would join the network of FIFA medical officers, responsible for ensuring safe and healthy participation in football after attending several anti-doping training.
“The 38-year-old Ayodeji is the son of a retired civil servant and former Head of the International Department of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) in the 1990s, Dr Steve Olarinoye,” stated the bulletin.
It added that “Dr Olarinoye was honoured in 2015 by the Nigerian Medical Association for his dedication to duty and special interest in the field of Sports Medicine.”