Nigeria May Be Stripped Off Commonwealth Games Gold Medal Award

After an unknown member of the women’s 4x100m relay from Nigeria failed a drug test, the nation might lose its gold medal at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. Tobi Amusan, Rosemary Chukwuma, Favour Ofili, and Grace Nwokocha made up the gold-winning team. It was discovered that the World Anti-Doping Agency had informed the Nigerian Athletics Federation of the development while still awaiting confirmation of the B sample. If the athlete is not cleared, the team would often lose the medal and the performance. The claim was corroborated by Tonobok Okowa, president of the AFN, to Saturday PUNCH. He declared that the federation had started a probe into the situation and will announce its findings.

“The letter from the World Anti-Doping Agency just reached the federation today (Friday) and we are shocked to hear this for the first time. We risk being stripped of the 4x100m Commonwealth Games gold we won in Birmingham,” Okowa told Saturday PUNCH.

“But we will carry out our investigation. Although an athlete is responsible for anything that has to do with doping, this is not a good development for us.”

The head of the AFN, however, refrained from mentioning the identity of the concerned athlete, stating the AFN will issue a statement following the conclusion of its inquiry. “No, I’m unable to reveal the athlete’s identify at this time because we must first verify the details of what took place and draw conclusions from them before becoming public. “The situation is currently under investigation, and it has not yet been verified. We received a notice letter, which will enable everyone involved to prepare for their defense, said AFN head coach Seigha Porbeni. Days prior, youthful high jumper David Aya had similarly failed a drug test at the World Athletics Junior Championships in Cali, Colombia, earlier in the month.