Late Bada, 4x400m Sydney Olympic gold medallists get rewards 13 years later

Late Sunday Bada and members of Nigeria’s gold medal-winning 4×400-metre men’s team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics were decorated with their medals and given cash rewards here Wednesday, some 13 years after the Games.

At a ceremony inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, President Goodluck Jonathan announced a cash reward of 5 million Naira (US$32,000) for each of the six team members, while their two officials got 7 million Naira (US$45,000) each.

PANA listed the six Nigerian representatives as Clement Chukwu, Jude Monye, Sunday Bada, Enefiok Udo-Obong, Nduka Awazie and Fidelis Gadzama

However, Bada – who captained the team – died last year, meaning that he was honoured and rewarded posthumously.

Though Nigeria originally placed second in the event at the Olympics, its silver medal was upgraded to gold after the Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided last July to strip the US of its gold medal.

The decision came after a member of the US team, Antonio Pettigrew, owned up to using banned performance-enhancing drugs at the Games.

Following the upgrade, Nigeria was awarded the gold, Jamaica moved from bronze to silver while Bahamas, which placed fourth, got the bronze.

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