Sunday, September 19, 2021

Ten Nigerian athletes banned from Tokyo Olympics



A huge scandal has rocked Team Nigeria’s camp at the ongoing Tokyo Olympic Games with ten athletes disqualified from competing in the event after they failed to undergo mandatory tests ahead of the global sports event.

Nigerian camp was thrown into a mourning mood after word went round that the affected athletes, who were to compete in track and field events, had been sent packing from the Games with just two days to the start of their events.

The Athletics Integrity Unit did not however state the names of the affected Nigerian athletes, but said a total of 20 athletes across the world were disqualified from the Olympics for not meeting minimum requirements by Category A countries.

However the names of Knowledge Omovoh, Ruth Usoro, Favor Ofili, Rosemary Chukwuma, Glory Patrick, Yinka Ajayi, Tima Godbless, Chidi Okezie, Chioma Onyekwere and Annette Echikunwoke were omitted by the International Olympic Committee, meaning they are the athletes banned from competing at the Games.

Other countries, who had some of their athletes disqualified, are Belarus and Ukraine, who both had three athletes banned, Kenya (two), and Morocco and Ethiopia who had one athlete each sent packing from the Games.