After an unknown member of the women’s 4x100m relay from Nigeria failed a drug test, the nation might lose its gold medal at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Tobi Amusan, Rosemary Chukwuma, Favour Ofili, and Grace Nwokocha made up the gold-winning team.
It was discovered that the World Anti-Doping Agency had informed the Nigerian Athletics Federation of the situation while still awaiting confirmation of the B sample.
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If the athlete is not cleared, the team would often lose the medal and the performance.
Tonobok Okowa, the head of the AFN, verified the information on Saturday MINIECHAT.
He said that the federation had started a probe into the situation and will announce its findings.
“We were astonished to learn about this for the first time when the federation received the letter from the World Anti-Doping Agency today (Friday). The 4x100m gold medal we won at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games might be taken away, according to Okowa, who spoke to Saturday MINIECHAT .
“However, we shall proceed with our research. Even if an athlete is accountable for everything related to doping, this is not beneficial for us.
The head of the AFN, however, refrained from mentioning the identity of the concerned athlete, stating the AFN will issue a statement after the conclusion of its inquiry.
“No, I’m unable to reveal the athlete’s identify at this time because we must first verify the details of what took place and draw conclusions from them before becoming public.
“The situation is currently under investigation, and it has not yet been verified. We received a notice letter, which will enable everyone involved to prepare for their defence, said AFN head coach Seigha Porbeni.
Days before, youthful high jumper David Aya had similarly failed a drug test at the World Athletics Junior Championships in Cali, Colombia, earlier in the month.