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Regina George suffers as IAAF withdraws Nigeria from Rio 4×400m women’s relay

29 July 2016, 12:31

Lagos - Regina George is the victim of circumstances as Nigeria will not compete at the 4x400m women’s relay in Rio following a disqualification by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Complete Sports report.

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.

Also read: Olympian Chukwumerije advises Olympic-bound athletes

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.

News24 reported that Regina George was among athletes named by AFN to compete for Nigeria at the Games.

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