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Nigerian athletes may miss Tokyo 2020

Nigerian athletes risk missing out on featuring at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after the country was listed among eight others with the highest doping risk.

They may also not be allowed to take part in major games and championships in 2021 unless they undergo at least three out-of-competition doping tests before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. According to the Athletics Integrity Unit, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria has failed to comply with Rule 15 obligations of the AIU and have been moved to category A from B.

 

Nigerian athletes last underwent doping  test at the 2019 AFN All Comers Meet in Ijebu Ode.

Rule 15 of the AIU states that, “Effective anti-doping programmes in their respective jurisdictions must be carried out quarterly to ensure that strong, compliant anti-doping programmes are being applied and enforced consistently and effectively so that clean athletes can have confidence that there is a fair competition on a level playing field and that public confidence in the integrity of Athletics can be maintained.”

 

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