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Another Nigerian athlete fails dope test

By Ben Efe, in New Delhi
Another Nigerian athlete tested positive to banned substances yesterday, just as Nigerian officials here are yet to come to terms with Damola Osayomi’s poor run of luck at the 2010 Commonwealths Games here in New Delhi, India.

Samuel Okon a 110m hurdler who was placed sixth in the final decided last Wednesday got into the drugs hall of shame when his samples tested positive to stimulants.

This was coming at a time Nigerian officials were busy trying to patch up the dent caused by Osayomi’s case.
“We have discovered that Okon tested positive to the same substance taken by Osayomi.

“But it is not a serious dope case. It is stimulants, which the athlete took unknowingly. About 11 Indian athletes have tested positive to the same substance,” said Nigeria Olympic Committee spokesman Tony Ubani.

Commenting on her failed dope test yesterday Osayomi said that the stimulant methylhexaneamine, which was found in her sample was contained in the food supplement she bought on her way to the Games from the USA.
“It was a food supplement that I bought. I didn’t know that it contained stimulants,” said the athlete yesterday.


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