The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has banned Nigeria’s 4x400m women’s relay team from attending the 2016 Olympic Games holding in Rio, Brazil, next month.
Team Nigeria – Tosin Adeloye (second from left)
Ahead of the most anticipated Rio Olympic Games coming up next month in Brazil, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) have thrown Nigeria’s 4x400m women’s relay team out of the tournament.
According to an exclusive report by Complete Sports, Nigeria’s disqualification from the event followed Tosin Adeloye (Nigerian sprinter)’s positive drugs test at the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Super Grand Prix/Warri Relays in Warri, Delta State on July 24, 2015.
Adeloye was a member of the Nigerian quartet that finished fourth in Beijing August last year at the IAAF World Championships. In fact she ran the third leg in the semi-finals where the team ran 3:23.27 seconds, the second fastest time in Nigeria’s all-time record.
She also ran the third leg in the final. Other members of the team were Regina George who ran the first leg, Funke Oladoye who ran the second leg and Patience Okon-George who anchored the team to finish fourth.
Adeloye’s positive drugs test and sebsequent ban for eight years means all the results she achieved from the period she tested positive, individually and jointly will be annulled.
It was also gathered that she once tested positive for the anabolic steroid Metenolone at the National Sports Festival in Lagos in December 2012, at the age of 16, and was subsequently banned from sports for two years. The ban ended on January 6, 2015.
While the trio of Okon-George, Margaret Bamgbose and Omolara Omotosho who have been picked by the AFN may be in Rio after meeting the qualfication standard for the open 400m, Regina George, who has laboured to raise over $4,000 from the crowd-funding platform, Gofundme, is out as she did not meet the standard and was going to Rio only as a member of the relay team.