Some Nigerian athletes who were on the 28th of July banned from competing in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, have taken to the streets of Tokyo to make their grievances known.
The athletes who wore Nigerian colors of green and white, held out placards which read “all we wanted to do was compete.”
Another placard read: “we are not just alternates but potential medalists.”
According to Vanguard, the athletes were ruled ineligible due to failure to meet the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules for ‘Category A’ federations.
‘Category A’ federations are those that are deemed to have the highest doping risk and considered as a threat to the overall integrity of the sport.
The AIU revealed that a total number of 18 athletes were ruled ineligible to compete at the Tokyo Olympics, with Nigeria accounting for the majority, with 10 athletes.
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