By Dare Esan:
The International Association of Athletics Federations have confirmed an eight-year doping ban for quartermiler Tosin Adeloye who tested positive for a performance enhancing drug in July last year at the Warri Relays/CAA Super Grand Prix meeting in Warri, Delta State.
Adeloye, who represented Nigeria at the IAAF World Championships last year in Beijing, China where she ran 52.42 seconds in heat two of the first round of the 400m event before crashing out, will be out of action from July 24, 2015, the day she was caught to July 23, 2023.
The 20-year-old Ekiti State athlete who is the reigning African junior 400m queen and anchored the Nigeria 4x400m relay team of herself, Esther Asamu, Yinka Ajayi and Praise Idamadudu to gold at the 12th African Junior Athletics Championships last year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia had previously served a two-year doping ban and was expected to be handed a lifetime ban as a second offender following the positive test in Warri.
Adeloye who will be 28 by the time she serves out the ban will have the 4x400m relay gold medal and the 51.24 seconds personal best time she set at the All Africa Games last year in Congo withdrawn and result annulled following the positive doping ban which happened before her race in Congo.
In fact Nigeria will have the 4x400m relay gold withdrawn meaning Botswana will be upgraded to gold, Kenya to silver and Ethiopia moved from their initial fourth position to third.
Meanwhile double Commonwealth sprint champion Blessing Okagbare-Ighoteguonor will be missing in action on Sunday when the 2016 IAAF Diamond League train makes its sixth stop in Birmingham, England.
The reigning African 100m record holder at 10.79 seconds was not listed in the provisional list of athletes confirmed for the race coming up three days after the Golden Gala meeting in Rome, Italy where she will also not be in action.
Okagbare last competed at the Birmingham leg of the meeting in 2013, winning the 200m race in 22.55 seconds ahead of Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who came second in 22.72.
The Nigerian first competed in Birmingham in 2012 and placed sixth (6.42m) in the long jump event won by USA’s Deloach Janay (6.78m).