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Drug scandal in Berlin: Chukwuemeka, Kemasaude fume, suspect sabotage

By Onochie Anibeze, in Berlin
Vivian Chukwuemeka is blowing hot over the doping problems that have seen her leave the Nigerian Berlin Hotel camp here.
“If my urine tested positive to any banned drug, then the sample must have been tampered with. I have thrown 18 metres and didn’t test positive. Is it now that I am throwing just above 17 meters? Something is wrong somewhere and the federation has questions to answer.

EASY DOES IT . . . Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (C) in pole position in one of the men’s 100m semi-final heat at the on-going  IAAF Athletics World Championships in Berlin. Photo: AFP.
EASY DOES IT . . . Jamaica’s Usain Bolt (C) in pole position in one of the men’s 100m semi-final heat at the on-going IAAF Athletics World Championships in Berlin. Photo: AFP.

The letter said the sample was taken during the Grand Prix in Abuja but I was not tested during the Grand Prix. It was during the Mobil trials that I was tested, so why the mix up? I never took any performance enhancing drug. The federation should stand up and make a case for my B sample to be taken. They have not done that and I am not happy with them. IAAF has written, disregarding my explanation.

They said it was not detailed enough. This is where I expected the federation to come in. I know that the President, Solomon Ogba, means well but some people in the federation are deceiving him. Five Jamaicans were suspended before the games here but their federation fought for them and four of them have been reinstated into their team. That’s what Nigeria should do.”

A Nigerian official said a case has been made for the testing of the sample B of the Shot Put athlete.Vivian and Gloria Kemasaude were asked to leave the Nigerian camp following a positive doping test. Kemasaude’s explanation has been accepted and her sample B will have to be tested. But for now, the two athletes remain suspended and their accreditation here for the World Athletics Championship in Berlin withdrawn. Vivian was on her way to the airport when she spoke to Sports Vanguard.


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