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Nigerian Doping Scandals Plagued 2010 New Delhi CWGs

Doping scandals continue to plague the 2010 Commonwealth Games as Nigerian runner Folashade Abugan was today stripped of her 400m and 4x400m silver medals after testing positive to a banned anabolic steroid. Abugan’s stripping represents the fourth such doping incident at the games, the third by a Nigerian athlete.
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India, the 14th of October 2010: “Nigerian runner Folashade Abugan, returned an adverse analytical finding from a test conducted on October 8, 2010, after competing in the women’s 400 metre final,” the Commonwealth Games Federation said in a statement.

“Ms Abugan’s ‘A’ sample was found to demonstrate findings consistent with an exogenous origin of endogenous steroids. The delta values indicate an application of testosterone prohormone, which is prohibited under the current WADA Prohibited List S1 Anabolic Agents,” the statement read. Abugan admitted her guilt after refusing to have her B sample tested.

“Ms Abugan wrote to the CGF waiving her rights to have her ‘B’ sample analysed and a hearing, as provided for within the CGF Anti-Doping Standard (ADS). She also admitted liability,” the CGF statement said.

The Federation Court since concluded that Abugan had committed a violation of anti-doping rules and was disqualified from all events that has participated in during the Games, with results nullified.

“This includes her silver medal in the women’s 400 metres. As she was also a member of her country’s second placed 4×400 metre relay team, that result is also nullified,” the CGF said.

“In accordance with the CGF Anti-Doping Standards the documents pertaining to Ms Abugan have now been referred to the IAAF and WADA for whatever additional action they consider appropriate,” the CGF said.

Earlier in the Games Nigeria’s Osayomi Oludamola was stripped of her gold medal in the 100 meters after testing positive for methylhexanamine, a banned stimulant, while Nigerian hurdler Samuel Okon, who did not win a medal, had also tested positive for a banned substance.

The only incident of doping at this years Commonwealth Games not involving a Nigerian athlete was Indian race walker Rani Yadav’s positive test for banned steroid nandrolone after finishing sixth in the 20-kilometre walk.

The 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games concluded yesterday, with the large majority of analysts praising the Indian organisers for their control of the event, despite numerous controversies and concerns leading up to the Games.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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