Barely a week to the start of the 2016 Olympic games in Rio, Brazil, the International Association of Athletics Federations
(IAAF) have disqualified Nigeria’s 4x400m women’s relay from competing in the games.
Nigeria’s disqualification from the event followed Tosin
Adeloye’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 last year August at the IAAF World Championships where 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 Goerge 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 subsequent ban for eight years means all the results she achieved from the period she tested positive, individually and jointly will be annulled.
While the trio of Okon-George, Margaret Bamgbose and Omolara Omotosho, who have been picked by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) may be in Rio after meeting the qualification standard for the open 400m.
Recalled that Nigeria benefitted from a similar scenario at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia when one of Team USA’s relay team members tested positive for a banned substance. Nigeria had her silver medal upgraded to gold.
The IAAF has also removed the times the Nigerian team ran in
Beijing from the 2015 top list on its website.
Nigeria had qualified for the event based on the aggregate of the two fastest times achieved by the Okon-George’s led team in the qualification period from January last year to July this year.
Nigeria’s two fastest times (3:23.27 and 3:25.11) during the qualification period was achieved at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing which gave an average of 3:24.19
which made Nigeria the ninth fastest nation in the event going to Brazil.