Confusion as Nigerian Athletes Storm the Streets of Tokyo to Protest Their Disqualification from Olympics

Confusion as Nigerian Athletes Storm the Streets of Tokyo to Protest Their Disqualification from Olympics

  • Tokyo 2020 has taken a new turn for Nigeria as some athletes who were banned from the Olympic Games have taken to the streets
  • Team Nigeria was hit with the sad news on Thursday after AIU announced that 10 Nigerian athletes were ineligible to participate
  • The affected athletes have taken to the streets of Tokyo to protest, claiming they are suffering for someone's negligence

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A number of Nigerian athletes have taken to the streets of Tokyo where the 2020 Olympics Games are underway over their disqualification from the event.

10 Nigerians have been banned from competing at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games after the Athletes Integrity Unit (AIU) declared them ineligible for doping and non-anti-doping issues, Premium Times reports.

Out of the 18 athletes suspended from participating in the Games, Team Nigeria is the most affected.

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Confusion as Nigerian Athletes Storm the Streets of Tokyo to Protest Their Disqualification From Olympics
Tokyo 2020: Nigerian athlete protest. Photo: Kuti Dare Gattuso
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The AIU explained that the respective national federations of countries are responsible for ensuring appropriate anti-doping measures are in place in their respective jurisdictions.

Punch are reporting that the protesting athletes carried placards with the inscription “Why should we suffer for someone else’s negligence,” “All we wanted to do was compete,” and “We are not just alternates but potential medallists.”

Under the framework of Rule 15, the minimum requirements of countries are to ensure that athletes undergo proper testing to maintain the integrity of the sport.

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Who should be blamed?

Urine and blood samples should have been tested within three weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event.

Nigeria's sprint queen and long jump athlete Blessing Okgbara blamed the Athletics Federation of Nigeria for the recent development. She claimed that athletes were neglected by the administrators.

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World Athletics adopts restrictions prohibiting certain athletes from competing

Meanwhile, Briefly News earlier reported that in 2018, World Athletics adopted hormone restrictions that prohibit intersex athletes from competing in international competitions such as the Olympic Games.

Intersex women, who naturally have greater testosterone levels than non-intersex women on average, are barred from participation in any running event between 400 metres and a mile unless they take medication or have surgery.

Caster Semenya is a two-time Olympic double 800-metre gold medallist. Due to World Athletics regulations, she was forbidden from competing in international championships in her favourite event in 2018. She is currently in a legal battle with World Athletics to have this overturned.

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