Nigeria have lost their potential qualification place for the women’s 4×100-metre relay at next month’s World Athletics Championships in the United States of America.
Head of the Athletics Integrity Unit, Brett Clothier, made this known in a statement on Monday.
According to him, this is because Blessing Okagbare, who was part of the team that secured Nigeria’s qualification, was found to have committed anti-doping rule violations.
He explained that six days after Okagbare evaded sample collection in June 2021, she competed in the 4x100m relay event at the Nigeria Olympic Trials, with her relay squad qualifying for this year’s World Championships.
While noting that all individual and relay results involving Okagbare, from June 13, 2021, are now disqualified, Clothier said, “Over the years, we have repeatedly seen how one person’s actions adversely affect team-mates who have trained hard and worked honestly for their results.
“In a relay team, if one member violates…