Oct 16, 2010 Sports
– second placed Abugan fails dope test
New Delhi, (Press Trust of India) Doping continued to dog the Commonwealth Games (CWG) as Nigerian athlete Folashade Abugan was yesterday stripped of her women’s 400m and 4x400m relay silver medals in the just-concluded event after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid.
With this, the number of dope-tainted athletes in the Games has gone up to four with three of them being Nigerian.
The silver medal for the woman’s 400 metres will now be awarded to Aliann Tabitha Pompey of Guyana, with the bronze medal going to Christine Amertil of the Bahamas.
With Abugan’s disqualification from the women’s 4×400 metre relay, Nigeria’s silver medal will now be awarded to England and the bronze medal to Canada.
“Nigerian runner Folashade Abugan returned an adverse analytical finding from a test conducted on October 8, 2010, after competing in the women’s 400 metre final,” the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said in a statement.
“Abugan’s ‘A’ sample was found to demonstrate findings consistent with an exogenous origin of endogenous steroids. The delta values indicate an application of testosterone prohormone, which is prohibited under the current WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) Prohibited List S1 Anabolic Agents,” the statement read.
Abugan admitted her guilt after refusing to have her ‘B’ sample tested.
“Abugan wrote to the CGF waiving her rights to have her ‘B’ sample analysed and a hearing, as provided for within the CGF Anti-Doping Standard (ADS). She also admitted liability,” the CGF statement also indicated. The Federation’s Court concluded that Abugan had committed an anti-doping rule violation and disqualified her from all events she participated in during the Games, with the results nullified.
“In accordance with the CGF Anti-Doping Standards the documents pertaining to Abugan have now been referred to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and WADA for whatever additional action they consider appropriate,” the CGF said.
Earlier, Nigeria’s Osayomi Oludamola was stripped of her gold medal in the 100 meters after testing positive for methylhexanamine, a banned stimulant. Nigerian hurdler, Samuel Okon, who did not win a medal, had also tested positive for a banned substance.
Indian race walker Rani Yadav was the other athlete to return a positive dope result. She tested positive for the banned steroid, nandrolone after finishing sixth in the 20-kilometer walk of the Games which concluded on Thursday.
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