Ten Nigerian athletes had been amongst 18 opponents from “high-risk” nations who’ve been barred from the Tokyo Olympics after failing to satisfy necessities for out-of-competition drug testing, World Athletics’ impartial anti-doping arm mentioned on Thursday.
The Athletics Integrity Unit mentioned the athletes involved had didn’t adjust to guidelines launched in 2019 requiring these from international locations deemed to be at highest danger of doping — so-called “Category A” nations — to bear three no-notice out-of-competition exams in a 10-month interval main as much as a serious occasion.
The AIU mentioned that two athletes from Kenya had been changed by the nationwide federation previous to being submitted for entry.
(*18*)Other international locations with athletes barred from the video games included Belarus (three athletes), Ethiopia (one), Kenya (two), Morocco (one) and Ukraine (three).
Nigeria was by far the hardest-hit nation, with 10 of 23 entries for Tokyo declared ineligible.
A supply conversant in the case mentioned the ten Nigerian athletes didn’t embrace star sprinter and medal hope Blessing Okagbare.
It was not instantly clear if the athletes affected by the AIU ruling had already arrived in Japan.
AIU board chairman David Howman mentioned whereas these nations positioned in Category A had made “important enhancements” with anti-doping efforts, “there stays an extended solution to go in some circumstances”.
“The eligibility guidelines for athletes from ‘Category A’ international locations are very clear and compliance is crucial for cementing the required long-term modifications and making certain a degree taking part in discipline for clear athletes,” Howman mentioned.
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