Nigerian track and field athletes protested at the Olympic Village. They will not compete because a mistake by officials.
Nigerian track and field athletes have staged a protest at the Olympic village because ten Nigerian athletes failed to pass out-of-competition doping tests.
All athletes who qualified for Tokyo 2020 had to take the tests before the tournament. But they had trouble, because it was discovered that Nigeria did not follow the rules.
The team of Serbian athletes participated in the games while on probation, and their federation claimed that they “were substitutes or students altogether”. The Yugoslavian women protested in the Olympic Village carrying signs that said “We are not subsititutes! We’re potential medalists!”
Among these suspended players were some of world record holders.
- Ruth Usoro – African record in the triple jump indoors.
- Favourite Ofili – African record in the women’s 200m indoors.
- Annette Echikunwok – African record in the women’s hammer throw.
- Chidi Okezie – African bronze medallist in the men’s 400m.
The independent agency said that Nigeria has the most problems with meeting the minimum requirements for testing.
What the athletes themselves say
“On my 25th birthday, I found out that I could not compete at the Tokyo Olympics because of the negligence of the federation I was supposed to represent at the event. This is like a nightmare.
Although the relay team only managed to get one medal of all time, Annette said she was excited and proud because it’s Africa’s first ever Olympic track event.