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Third Nigerian sprinter fails Commonwealth Games doping test

After 100m ‘winner’ Damola Osayomi and hurdler Samuel Okon, now Folashade Abugan fails a steroid test.

Samuel Okon, the second Nigerian sprinter to fail a doping test, had come 6th in the 110m hurdles final.
Samuel Okon, the second Nigerian sprinter to fail a doping test, had come 6th in the 110m hurdles final.
Image: Anja Niedringhaus/AP

A THIRD NIGERIAN ATHLETE has failed a drugs test at the Commonwealth Games, causing the squad to lose yet another medal.

Folashade Abugan, who had claimed a silver medal in the women’s 400m, gave a urine sample which showed traces of steroids and will forfeit her medal to Guyana’s Aliann Tabitha Pompey. Christine Amertil of the Bahamas rises to bronze.

Moreover, however, Abugan’s failure also means that her 4x400m relay team – which had also finished second – is also disqualified from the games, with the English foursome assuming the silver and Canada promoted to bronze.

Abugan is understood to have accepted full liability and responsibility for the findings, and has waived the right to have her B sample tested.

The result pours further shame on Nigeria, which has been responsible for the bulk of the inevitable drugs offences at the games. Just two days ago, hurdler Samuel Okon – who had finished sixth in the men’s 110m hurdles – tested positive for methylhexaneamine.

The same substance had been found in a sample given by Damola Osayomi who had ‘won’ the women’s 100m.

Okon also waived the right to have the B sample tested for the same stimulant.

In Abugan’s case, however, the banned substance was an anabolic steroid, prohormone, a separate substance.

The president of Nigeria’s athletics federation, Solomon Ogba, had attributed the presence of the banned substance in Osayomi’s system was due to medication she had been given  to fight a toothache.

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