BY BEN EFE
Sprinter Damola Osayomi has her career permanently on hold, as she claimed that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria is yet to conduct for her a dope hearing, six months after she tested positive to stimulants at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India.
Osayomi tested positive to methylhexaneamine at the New Delhi 2010 games and had her 100m gold stripped off her by Commonwealth Games Federation. The AFN needed to give the athlete a dope hearing, after which the IAAF, the sport governing body will mete out the appropriate sanctions.
But according to Osayomi she has not heard from the AFN since she left New Delhi in tears.
“The AFN is supposed to have given me a hearing in November. Since then I have been calling time and time again, but they kept telling me they will get back to me.
“April 17 will be exactly six months that my doping incident occurred. It is very sad that nothing has been done about. I was told that they are waiting for Sade Abughan to show up so that they can conduct the hearing once and for all.
“It is very unfair that this kind of treatment should be meted to an athlete who made the country proud in the past. I have served Nigeria with all my heart until the what happened in New Delhi, surfaced.
“I feel that the AFN has abandoned me, but I still looking forward to hearing from them again,” lamented Osayomi.
AFN secretary-general Maria Wophil said that Osayomi’s case was been handled and the federation has written to the IAAF concerning her case. She added that the athlete would be notified of the development once there is a reply from the IAAF.
Osayomi anchored Nigeria to a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. This was after winning a double at the All Africa Games 2007 in Algeria. However, her career took a twist at the New Delhi Games when she failed the dope test.