5 Nigerian Athletes Banned For Doping
The new leaders of the Athletics Federation on Nigeria is leaving no stone upturned in its quest to sanitize Track and Field events in the country.
The Technical Director of the Athletes Federation of Nigeria, AFN Sunday Adeleye in an exclusive chat with Bounce Sports on Monday revealed that the Federation is already making headway.
He said two athletes have already been caught in a doping scandal and he promised that adequate punishment will be meted out.
Here are some Nigeria athletes that had their career smeared with doping scandals.
Chioma Ajunwa-Opara, MON (born 25 December 1970) – also known as Chioma Ajunwa is a Nigerian former athlete who specialised in long jump.
Ajunwa was banned from the sport for four years after failing a drug test in 1992, despite maintaining her innocence.
Following the completion of her suspension, Ajunwa went on to become the first West-African woman, as well as the first Nigerian, to win an Olympic gold medal in a track and field event.
She emerged victorious in the women's long jump event at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta after covering 7.12 meters (on her first attempt) during the final.
Ajunwa is also an officer with the Nigerian Police Force.
Samson Idiata born 23 January 1988 is a high and long jumper.
He took the bronze medal at the 2003 All-Africa Games and later finished fifth at the 2006 African Championships.
He emerged tenth at the 2007 All-Africa Games. He later switched to long jump. In this event he has finished eighth at the 2010 African Championships.
His personal best was 2.15 metres, first achieved in October 2003 in Hyderabad and later equalled once. In long jump, his personal best is 8.00 metres, achieved in May 2013 in Castellón.
He was the gold medallist in the long jump at the 2015 African Games, but was stripped of this title after failing a drug test for clenbuterol.
He was banned for four years. He won't hear from him until 15 September 2019.
Chinazom Doris Amadi (born 12 September 1987) is a Nigerian long jumper.
She won the bronze medal at the 2006 African Championships. At the 2007 All-Africa Games she finished fourth, missing the bronze medal by a two centimetre margin.
At the 2008 African Championships she won the silver medal. Her personal best jump is 6.43 metres, achieved in May 2007 in Lagos.
She was the gold medallist in the long jump at the 2015 African Games, but was stripped of this title after failing a drug test for methenolone.
She was banned for four years, until 15 September 2019.
Tosin Adeloye (born 7 February 1996) is a Nigerian sprinter.
She competed in the 400 metres event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China.
Adeloye tested positive for the anabolic steroid Metenolone at the National Sports Festival in Lagos in December 2012, at the age of 16, and was subsequently banned from sports for two years. The ban ended 6 January 2015.
She received a second ban for eight years after another failed test in 2016.
She was disqualified from participating in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
DEBORAH OLUWASEUN ODEYEMI
Deborah Oluwaseun Odeyemi (born February 21, 1995) is a Nigerian sprinter who specializes in the 100 metres, 200 metres, 4 x 100 metres and the sprint medley relay.
She competed in the 4 × 100 metres relay event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China.
Odeyemi tested positive for the anabolic steroid metenolone in a sample collected at the Nigerian Championship on 30 July 2015.
Her results from the 2015 World Championships in Athletics were annulled and she was handed a four-year ban.