Nigerian federation ‘takes responsibility’ for ineligible athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, athletes protest against negligence of AFN

Written by on July 31, 2021

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has said it will take responsibility for ineligible athletes after 10 athletes from Nigeria were declared ineligible in the Tokyo Olympics.


The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has ruled against the competitors, that they are not able to take part in the ongoing Olympics in Tokyo because athletes did not comply with out-of-competition drug testing requirements ahead of the Games.


The AIU announced a total of 20 athletes from seven countries, including Morocco, Kenya and Ethiopia, regard as high risk (category A) in the doping test.

The AIU has said “Nigeria is the most affected country, as they did not meet the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 for 10 athletes. Nigeria represents half of the 20 athletes from seven countries tagged as Category A in the domestic testing levels, since the start of 2020 following continued period of weak domestic testing levels.


The 10 ineligible athletes protested against the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for negligence in failing to do out-of-competition Anti-doping tests on athletes.

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