Nigeria at risk of losing Commonwealth Games gold medal

There are sturdy indications that Nigeria could also be stripped of one of the gold medals gained at the lately held Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.

PREMIUM TIMES findings point out that the gold medal gained within the 4x100m Ladies’s occasion is now underneath risk after the failed dope check of one of the athletes within the profitable quartet of Tobi Amusan, Favour Ofili, Rose Chukwuma and Grace Nwokocha.

The quartet had set a brand new African Report of 42.10s to win what was Nigeria’s eleventh gold medal in Birmingham and it was a historic second for the nation at the Games.

Nonetheless, with the newest developments, the fanfare and pleasure that got here with that gold medal and the African report will quantity to nothing owing to the doping guidelines.

The doping rule nullifies any efficiency in its entirety, even when only a member of the workforce is responsible of the doping infraction.

The truth that it is just the relay gold that Nigeria dangers losing suggests the offender isn’t Tobi Amusan who additionally gained the 100m Ladies’s hurdles gold.

Although the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN is but to make a public assertion on the identification of the erring athlete, an official within the AFN board confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES how devastated they’re by the unhappy flip of occasions.
“I can’t discuss to you but on the problem. Simply await the official assertion that might be launched, however that is very unhappy. Simply once we thought we had been making some headway, this has actually introduced us again,” the AFN official advised PREMIUM TIMES.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, the physique in cost of international doping instances, can also be but to make a public assertion on the matter because the consequence of the ‘B’ pattern, which is usually the identical as ‘A’ remains to be being awaited.

By the way, the AIU within the build-up to the Commonwealth Games had praised Nigeria for its improved effort at combating doping.

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In contrast to the Tokyo Olympics, the place Nigeria had 10 of its athletes barred from competing for failing to do the required quantity of out-of-competition checks, the case was completely different in Oregon at the World Championship the place Nigeria had a clear invoice of well being.

“Whereas Nigeria did a paltry 26 checks in 2021, it has already carried out 157 this time period, and the quantum enchancment has been hailed although it’s admitted that much more can nonetheless be achieved to completely get rid of cheats within the sports activities.

“It’s accepted now in our sport that Nationwide Federations should play their half in supporting anti-doping efforts,” David Howman, Chair of the AIU Board stated in an announcement issued about two weeks earlier than the graduation of the Commonwealth Games.

If Nigeria finally ends up losing the relay medal, the outing in Birmingham will now not be the nation’s best-ever at the Commonwealth Games as broadly celebrated.

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