Tokyo 2020: Timing Compliance Stops 10 Nigerian Athletes from Olympics

July 29 07:27 2021

10 Nigerian Athletes will not be participating at this year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics after failing to meet with timing requirement by  international Olympic committee.
the ten athletes carried out the 3 out of competition testing requirement by the international anti- doping agency but failed to meet with the time frame expected to provide it which automatically rule them out of the Olympics.

20 athletes from six countries including Nigeria were affected with Team Nigeria the most hit.

“20 athletes not eligible for Tokyo 2020 as minimum testing requirements not met by ‘Category A’ federations”, read in part, “Despite significant improvements in the domestic testing programmes in countries categorised as being the highest doping risk to the sport under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules (Anti-Doping Rules), 18 athletes from the final entries for the Tokyo Olympic Games are not eligible to compete because the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules were not met by ‘Category A’ Federations.

“In addition, two athletes from Kenya were replaced by the National Federation prior to the submission of their entries to World Athletics

“Despite significant Improvements in the domestic testing programmes in countnes categorised as being the highest doping risk to the sport under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules (Anti-Doping Rules), 18 athletes from the final entries for the Tokyo Olympic Games are not eligible to compete because the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 of the Antt-Doping Rules were not met by ‘Category A’ Federations.

“In addition, two athletes from Kenya were replaced by the Nattonal Federation prior to the submission of their entries to World Athletics.

“Nigeria is the most affected country, not meeting the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 for 10 athletes,” part of the statement read

Under the framework of Rute 15 governing National Federation Anti-Doping Obligations, which came into force in January 2019, National Federations are accountable for ensuring appropnate anti-doping measures are in place in their respective jurisdictions.

Among other things, the Rule sets out minimum requirements for testing on the national teams of ‘Category A federations deemed to have the highest doping risk and considered as a threat to the overall integrity of the sport.

The statement further stated “The key requirement in Rule 15 is that an athlete from a ‘Category A’ country must undergo at least three no-notice out-of competition tests (urine and blood) conducted no less than 3 weeks apart in the 10 months leading up to a major event. Only then do they become eligible to represent their national team at the World Athletics Championships or the Olympic Games.

“For the year 2021, the seven identified ‘Category A’ National Federations are: Belarus, Bahrain, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, and Ukraine. The relevant data for the number of athletes from each federation for whom the testing requirements of Rule 15 were also stated.

In the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympic Games, the ‘Category A’ Federations. in partnership with their respective National Anti-Doping Organisations (NADOs), generally made significant progress with respect to their domestic testing programs

“National Federattons must play their part in supporting anti-doping efforts. The eligibility rules for athletes from ‘Category A’ countries are very clear and compliance is essential for cementing the required long-term changes and ensuring a level playing field for clean athletes,” said David Howman, Char of the AlU Board.

“| must underline that there have been significant improvements in anti-doping efforts in most ‘Category A’ countries thanks to this rule. It is clear that the relevant National Federations in conjunction with their NAOOs have started to take their testing responsibilities seriously, and | thank them for their efforts, but there remains a long way to go in some circumstances,” he added.

Nigeria was included in Category A at the start of 2020 following a continued period of weak domestic testing levels.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) ts the independent body created by the World Athletics that Manages all integrity issues both doping and non-doping for the sport of athletics. The remit of the AIU includes anti-doping, the pursuit of individuals engaged in age or competition results maniputation, investigating fraudulent behaviour with regards to transfers of allegiance, and detecting other misconduct including bribery and breaches of betting rules.

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