Sprinter Regina George is the victim of circumstance as Nigeria will not compete at the 4x400m women’s relay in Rio following a disqualification by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
This is because one of Nigeria’s runners Tosin Adeloye was tested positive of banned substance at the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Super Grand Prix/Warri Relays in Warri, Delta State on July 24, 2015.
As a result, Adeloye was banned for eight years which consequently means all the results she achieved from the period she tested positive, individually and jointly will be annulled, according to Complete Sports.
Adeloye was a member of the Nigerian quartet that finished fourth in Beijing August last year at the IAAF World Championships. She ran the third leg in the semi-finals where the team ran 3:23.27 seconds, the second fastest time in Nigeria’s all-time record.
While the trio of Okon-George, Margaret Bamgbose and Omolara Omotosho who have been picked by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria may be in Rio after meeting the qualification standard for the open 400m, Regina George, who has laboured to raise over $4,000 from the crowd-funding platform, Gofundme, is out as she did not meet the standard and was going to Rio only as a member of the relay team.
Nigeria’s two fastest times (3:23.27 and 3:25.11) during the qualification period was achieved at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing which gave an average of 3:24.19 which made Nigeria the ninth fastest nation in the event going to Brazil.