The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has thrown out Nigeria’s 4x400m women’s relay team out of next month’s Olympic Games in Brazil, according to Complete Sports.
It was learnt yesterday that a member of the Nigerian 1600 relay quartet, Tosin Adeloye, tested positive to a banned substance at the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Super Grand Prix/Warri Relays which took place in Warri, Delta State.
Adeloye was a member of the Nigerian quartet that finished fourth at the IAAF World Championships last year in August. She actually ran the third leg in the semi-finals where the team ran 3:23.27 seconds, the second fastest time in Nigeria’s all-time record.
Going by IAAF rule, all the results she achieved during the period after the test individually and jointly will be annulled. She has been banned for eight years.
It would be recalled that Nigeria benefitted from a similar scenario at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia when one of Team USA’s relay team members tested positive for a banned substance. Nigeria had her silver win upgraded to gold.