Shehu Sani laments ban of Nigerian athletes

Shehu Sani, former Kaduna Central Senator, has reacted to the ban of ten of Nigeria’s track and field athletes from taking part in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics in Japan

Shehu Sani

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which runs the anti-doping program for the sport, said the athletes failed to meet the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 of the Anti-Doping Rules for ‘Category A’ federations. This lead to Shehu Sani’s lamentations.

And reacting to the ban, Sani, in a tweet via his Twitter handle, described the ban as utterly disappointing and disgraceful, adding that Nigeria went to Tokyo Olympics with a bitterly factionalized Athletics Federation of Nigeria, AFN.

He tweeted, “Nigeria went to Tokyo with a bitterly factionalized Athletics Federation of Nigeria AFN; now we have gotten the result of that division.

“The banning of Ten of our Athletes is utterly disappointing and disgraceful. We have washed our dirty linen in #Tokyo2020 #TokyoOlympics.”

Meanwhile, the ten athletes disqualified from the competition include Knowledge Chioma Onyekwere, Annette Echikunwoke, Rosemary Chukwuma, Glory Patrick, Yinka Ajayi, Tima Godbless, Omovoh, Ruth Usoro, Favor Ofili and Chidi Okezie.

The track and field competition at Tokyo 2020 begins on Friday [July 30] and Team Nigeria is yet to win any medal at the Tokyo Olympics.