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Doping: Uncertainty Hovers Over One Of Gold Medals Won By Team Nigeria

 • CWG gold medalist


 | The Daily Crucible | Saturday, September 3, 2022

Uncertainty is hovering over one of the gold medals won at this year’s Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham, England by Team Nigeria.

There is palpable concern that Team Nigeria may lose one of the gold medals 
out of the 12 gold medals — the highest haul Nigeria ever grabbed in the history of the CWG.

Nigeria also bagged a total of 35 medals and finished as the best-ranked African country on the medals table, placing 7th.

But the country's joy over the medals haul may be short - lived as there are strong indications that Nigeria risks being stripped of the women’s 4x100m relay gold after a member of the quartet reportedly failed a doping test.

The women’s team that won gold in the relay race comprises Tobi Amusan, Rosemary Chukwuma, Favour Ofili, and Grace Nwokocha.

A source in the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), confirmed a report which claimed that Nwokocha “failed the urine test taken on August 3, 2022.”

The source noted that Nwokocha’s A sample tested “positive for anabolic steroids — ostarine and ligandrol.”

“The story is true that Nwokocha failed doping test carried out on her during the just concluded Commonwealth Games,” the source said.

“We are all shocked by this turn of event. After celebrating a glorious outing by the nation at the just concluded Games and this is coming up. It’s so sad, to be honest.

“It was the Anti-Doping and Medical Commission Commonwealth Games Federation that sent the result to Nigeria Anti-Doping (NADO) on August 21.

“They also copied World Athletics, Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) WADA. And the AFN was duly informed with a copy of the letter too.”

It is understood that if Nwokocha, the anchor of the 4x100m relay, does not present cogent reasons to clear her name, Nigeria may be stripped of the gold medal won in the race.

The confirmation of the B sample is still being awaited.

What is ostarine?

Ostarine is a type of drug called a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM). It is not approved by the FDA, but is sometimes found in supplements.


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