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Nigeria’s 4x400m women relay team banned from Rio Olympics

Nigeria’s hope of winning a medal in relay has been dashed as the country will not be participating in 4x400m women relay at this year’s Olympic holding in Rio.

Nigeria’s disqualification is as a result of Tosin Adeloye testing positive to a banned substance at the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Super Grand Prix/Warri Relays in Warri, Delta State on July 24, 2015.

Adeloye, 20, was a member of the Nigerian quartet that finished 4th in Beijing in August, 2015, at the IAAF World Championships. She has been banned for 8 years and all the results she has achieved, individually or jointly, has been annulled. The IAAF has also removed the times the Nigerian team ran in Beijing from the 2015 top list on its website.
Adeloye once 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 on January 6, 2015, Complete Sports reports

Other members of the Nigerian team include; Regina George, Funke Oladoye, and Patience Okon-George. They came fourth at the IAAF World Championship in Beijing last August.

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