C/wealth Games Of Scandals: Doping And Corruption Charges Mar Delhi 2010

Nigeria’s Osayemi: Failed dope test in India.

•Nigeria's Osayemi: Failed dope test in India.

Every Indian who was part of the recently concluded Commonwealth Games  can proudly  declare that the 2010 Games was a huge success, though the host accepted there were  ‘minor’ challenges to the build up, during and after the Games.

•Nigeria's Osayemi: Failed dope test in India.

Minor challenges as they prefer to call them, but in actual sense the challenges  rubbed mud on the Games.

For instance; about six athletes testing positive, to banned drugs, there was an  allegation of corruption against some members of the Local Organising Committee,  LOC, while the Pakistan Hockey Federation, PHF and National captain, Zeeshan Ashraf  claimed the home crowd was hostile.

The last was more like a reminiscence of the Mumbai attack of 2008, which allegedly  affected the performance of Pakistan’s hockey team at the Games, that ended last  week.

May be the Sports Minister, M.S. Gill had the premonition, when he drew a comparison  with the shaky build-up to the Games with a typical Indian monsoon wedding. An  Indian monsoon wedding normally has a rough preparation but at the end of the day  everything falls in place.

Ironically, the hosts told the Commonwealth of nations that everything was right to  the build-up of the Games. But, the aforementioned problems; corruption, delay in  getting the venues ready and hygiene problems at the Games Village marred the  competition.

After overcoming the teething problems, but not with some elite athletes pulling out  of the Games, it started with a colourful opening ceremony, records were broken, new  ones were created, accidents occurred, toilets pipes blocked as a result of used  contraceptives and a host of others.

Team Nigeria were worst hit with the doping scandal as three of her athletes tested  positive to banned stimulants. First to fall was Oludamola Osayomi, who was stripped  of the gold medal she won in the women’s  100m.

But before she was stripped of her medal, she asked for the B sample analysis of the  test, which also failed and she finally bowed out a guilty athlete. But in Osayomi’s  defense, President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN Solomon Ogba said the  athlete took the banned stimulant, Methylexanemine to cure her tooth ache, which the  body claimed it was aware of.

The World Anti-Doping Agency, WADA recently loosened the classification of  Methylexanemine, the stimulant found in Osayomi’s system for next year to the  “specified stimulant” list, which covers drugs that are more prone to inadvertent  use and can carry reduced penalties.

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Reports say Osayomi is now undergoing rehabilitation in the United States of  America, USA after being evicted from the Games Village before the curtains fell on  the Games.

As Team Nigeria were beginning to get over the stripping of the gold medal and  eviction of Osayomi from the Games Village, the news filtered in that another  athlete, Gabriel Okon, who came sixth in the Men’s 110 Hurdles event also tested  positive to another banned substance.

Okon appeared fully aware that he actually indulged in the use of banned substance  and didn’t raise eyebrows when he was told that he tested positive to the same  substance as that of Osayomi.

Call it a season of failed dope test for Team Nigeria at the Games and you would not  be wrong. Another athlete, Folashade Abugan made Nigeria to lose two silver medals  barely 48 hours after the team lost a precious gold.

Abugan, after testing positive to Testosterone Prohormone, waived the right to have  her ‘B’ sample analysed, confirming that the silver medal she won in the 400m event  and the relay silver medals won by Team Nigeria were withdrawn.

Another positive dope test happened though not in Team Nigeria’s camp. This time, it  was the host, India who added to the negative lists of the Games, which draw nations  from the former British colonies to Delhi 2010.

An unknown athlete, 20km walker, Rani Yadav who tested positive for anabolic  steroid: Nandrolone, but she has also been provisionally suspended. Twenty-year-old  Rani asked for her B sample to be tested, if found guilty she can be banned for a  period of up to two years. There are two more cases of doping, which marred the  Games.

Athletes, officials and foreign journalists, who covered the event may have returned  to their various countries, India never gave up on their ability to host a  successful Games. However, the LOC is still being probed over alleged corruption  charges.

—Adebobola Alawode

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