TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS: 10 Nigerian athletes disqualified


The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) is an independent body created by World Athletics that manages all integrity issues. A statement acquired by PUNCH Nigeria from the unit reveals that out of the 20 athletes certified ineligible to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, 10 are Nigerians.

The disqualification came because the athletes did not meet the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 governing National Anti-Doping Federation. Kenya, Morocco, Ethiopia, Belarus, and Ukraine.

According to the statement:

Nigeria is the most affected country, not meeting the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 for 10 athletes. Nigeria was included in Category A at the start of 2020 following a continued period of weak domestic testing levels.

The key requirement in Rule 15 is that an athlete from a ‘Category A’ country must undergo at least three no-notice out-of-competition tests (urine and blood) conducted no less than 3 weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event. Only then do they become eligible to represent their national team at the World Athletics Championships or the Olympic Games.

PUNCH however allegedly gathered that:

….Top Nigerian athletes – Blessing Okagbare, Tobi Amusan, Ese Brume, Divine Oduduru, and Chukwuebuka Enekwechi – are not affected.

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