Onome Nathaniel’s doping scandal takes new twist
Glory Onome Nathaniel
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) is still probing the circumstances surrounding the drug scandal dogging one of the country’s most talented athletes in the women’s 400m Hurdles for the past two years, Glory Onome Nathaniel.
Nathaniel won gold medal for Team Nigeria at Asaba 2018 African Senior Athletics Championship, but was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) due to the presence of a prohibited substance, Stanozolol, in her system.
A new twist has emerged to Nathaniel’s drug issue, following the alleged detention of a fellow sprinter, Blessing Ogundiran, by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in Ikeja, Lagos for allegedly putting the banned substance in Nathaniel’s food or drink during their camping in Asaba.
Nathaniel’s coach, a police officer, was said to have arrested Ogundiran, a 100m runner, accusing her of alleged “breaking and entering and attempted murder.”
At the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, Nathaniel set a new Personal Best of 55.01secs in the semis and finished sixth in the final. She went on to grab a silver medal in the 4x400m relay.
Attempts to contact the Technical Director of AFN, Sunday Adeleye proved abortive as his phones were switched off.