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From Berlin with drugs

After a disappointing outing at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics concluded Sunday inside the Olympic stadium here in Berlin, the Nigerian contingent led by Athletic Federation of Nigeria president, Chief Solomon Ogba, will start arriving Nigeria today in batches.

Three girls including disgraced Amaka Ogoegbunam who failed a drug test will arrive Nigeria today with the majority of the team arriving tomorrow including AFN Secretary-General, Maria Worphil and Ogba aboard Lufthansa.

The team which leftNigeria in batches for the biennial championships failed to make it to the podium for the fifth straight edition and ended their participation in shame after three members of the team were sent home for using banned performance enhancing drug, metholone.

The athletes: sprinter, Gloria Kemasuode; shot putter, Vivian Chukwuemeka and 400m barrier runner, Ogoegbunam were promptly withdrawn from the team in accordance with IAAF rules. While the duo of Kemasuode and Chukwu-emeka are contesting the verdict, Ogoegbunam, who obviously spiked her system to win four gold medals at the recently held African Junior Cham-pionships has accepted she erred and has commenced her two-year ban as a first offender.

The AFN has also set up an eight-man committee to investigate the rampant cases of positive dope failure by Nigerians.
In his reaction to the woeful performance of Team Nigeria, AFN boss says it is an eye opener for him while admitting he didn’t really expect any miracle at the championships.

“What has happened here has shown me there is a lot of work to be done. I didn’t know it has got this bad but we will address what needs to be addressed and get Nigeria back on the path of success again’’, promised Ogba who solely financed the participation of the team here.

“What would have been a source of joy for me was spoilt by the positive dope tests. Three of our athletes ran new personal best which is commendable but the euphoria of these were shortlived after it was discovered Kemasuode, Vivian and Amaka had tested positive. We shall get to the root of the matter while maintaining our zero tolerance stand for doping’’, he said.


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