Adeloye Insists AFN Is Behind Women’s 4x400m Relay Team’s Rio Disqualification


Just as athletics enthusiasts are reeling from the shock exit of the Nigerian women 4x400m relay quartet from the Olympic Games, Tosin Adeloye the woman in the centre of the storm revealed that it was the law of karma that has caught up with the Athletics Federation of Nigeria.

Adeloye, one of the strongest legs in the team, stated yesterday that she might have been a victim of witch-hunt hence she was slammed with an eight year-ban from track and field for allegedly testing positive to testosterone.

It was based on that development that the Nigerian 4x400m women were sent packing from the Games.

Adeloye was involved in the two fastest time that earned the team qualification.

“I have read how some people are blaming me for the disqualification. It is the bad thing they did to me that has caused the nation a chance to win a medal at the Games.

“I say this because I know that I did not take any performance enhancing drug. When I faced the dope panel, I was told to explain the high level of testosterone in my body. I told them I never took any drug, they then pressed me to confess that it was my coach, who gave it to me. But I refused because I never took any substance. Besides my coach was away in Ghana for the Ecowas Games.

“I was in camp in February in Port Harcourt, where I learnt that my urine sample that was taken to South Africa for analysis was not clear and they had to take it to another lab, this was without my knowledge. Only for them to tell me in June that I have be banned for eight years.

“They claimed the test is from the Warri Grand Prix in 2014. How come they paid me half of the prize money, I have bank documents to back my claims. How come I represented Nigeria at the All Africa Games in Congo and the World Championships in Beijing, where we ran 3.23. 27 seconds? “The whole episode to me is a conspiracy to get me out of track and field. I suspect that it was because I refused to be managed by some individuals at the AFN that is why I was victimised. There were some of my running colleagues who were not tested throughout the golden league and Grand Prix, how come I was singled out?

“I am one of the strongest legs in the team. What were they thinking, couldn’t they had thought about the coming Olympics and how we can do well there? When the time comes I will tell Nigerians more,” said the young athlete.

The AFN secretary-general Olumide Bamidele failed to respond when contacted on the phone.

Source: Vanguard

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