By Onochie Anibeze, In Berlin, Germany
Vivian Chkwuemeka and Gloria Kemasade yesterday wept like babies when it dawned on them that they would not be part of the on-going Athletics World Championship here in Berlin. They failed doping test at the Mobil Track and Field in Abuja.
By the rule, they have been ordered to leave the camp of the athletes here. Vivian was captain of the Nigerian team to the Beijing Olympics. SheÂ never had any doping smear before now. She was down and hoped that the second test would vindicate her.
Just like in the Beijing Olympics,Â one area of hope for Nigeria is the 4x100m, women event. That hope has dimmed here with Kemasaude,Â a member of that team out. And with Blessing Okagbare not 100 per cent fit following an injury while training in Abuja, the Nigerian team cannot be as hopeful as they were before leaving for Beijing.
Blessing recovered a little bit and was still fielded for the sprints and her Long Jump.Â Obinna Metu, Seyi, Fasuba and Ogho qualified for the second round in the 100m races but all could not go further.
However, Ogba said that the future will be bright for Nigeria.â€œIâ€™m happy with the way we have performed so far. We just came on board and are trying to change things. Our target remains the London Olympics. I think we will be good by theÂ London games.â€