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AFN leadership crisis rears ugly head again in Tokyo as 8 athletes risks disqualification

The crisis that has rocked the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) that threw up two different leaderships may have been responsible for the possibility of eight Nigerian track and field athletes being disqualified from participating in their respective events in Tokyo.

One of the factional leadership of the AFN hijacked the password of the Federation and concealed every information sent by the Athletics Integrity Unit which prevented the athletes from having their data fully updated.

The athletes who have outstanding out of competition tests (OCT) have taken the tests on Monday and as at press time are now awaiting the results before returning to the Olympic Village in Tokyo in time for the start of the athletics event on Friday.

According to World Athletics anti-doping rules, athletes are expected to have three OCTs before they can compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which got underway last Friday.

Some of the athletes did not fill their whereabouts form which is a requirement for such testing. The whereabouts are information provided by a limited number of top elite athletes about their location to either World Athletics or National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO) that included them in their respective registered testing pool as part of these top elite athletes’ anti-doping responsibilities.

Many of Team Nigeria’s top athletes like Blessing Okagbare, Divine Oduduru, Ese Brume, Tobi Amusan, Chukwuebuka Enekwechi and a few others who are among the 782 athletes in the elite Registered Testing Pool have been cleared to compete.

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