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Regina George, 1 of the 3 Nigerian Female Athletes Barred from the Olympics Gets Cleared of Drug Use

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Regina George, a female Nigerian athlete competing in the 400m and 4x400m races has been cleared of drug use.

She was banned two weeks ago along with two other Nigerian athletes, Vivian Chukwuemeka and Lauretta Ozoh, after their blood samples tested positive to banned drugs.

According to Punch, she was cleared after the mandatory second test was carried out on the three of them and has now returned to the Games Village with Team Nigeria.

The other two athletes, Loretta and Vivian failed the second test and were asked to go home.

The Team Nigeria doctor in charge of doping matters Dr Kenneth Anugweje told Punch that she was cleared following hearings carried out by the World Anti Dope Agency.

The three athletes had initially been found wanting following the drug tests at the national trials in Calabar in June. But only Regina and Loretta were involved in the second test.

Sadly, Vivian faces a life ban as it is her second drug scandal having returned from a dope-related ban not too long ago.

The implication of the exit of the two other athletes is that Nigeria will lose the top spot from the African meet to Kenya as the 4x100m gold medal will be withdrawn from the log and handed to the East Africans.

Photo Credit: Punch

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

18 Comments

  1. ameenah

    August 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    “Anti-Dope” hehe

  2. Theodora

    August 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    whats happening now…sobs my team nigeria

  3. Chattyzee

    August 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    How sad and disgraceful. I bet the ladies who got banned will live a life of regret henceforth.
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  4. Princess of Zion

    August 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm

    That’s very unfortunate for the other two ladies! They can never compete in the olympics again. I pray their families won’t be hard on them and they get a second chance at using their gifts on another platform.

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  5. Miriam

    August 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Wat a disgrace

  6. supremacydone

    August 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    hummmm
    this is too bad for team naija

  7. merciful

    August 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Mtshewww…

  8. Pendo

    August 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    i think they need to find out why these girls used drugs in the first place was it due to pressure from their coaches or families to succeed and they didn’t want to let them down or was it due to an i must compete at the olympics at any cost mentality…….

  9. Amber

    August 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    What a shame

  10. Anon

    August 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    A lot of these athletes use drugs and it’s sometimes required by their coaches. And, sometimes it’s all about being the scape goat. It’s still a disgrace though but they should also investigate the coaches.

  11. faith

    August 2, 2012 at 6:56 am

    You r right Anon.

  12. Sunday Amusa

    August 2, 2012 at 7:36 am

    The one that concerns me is Vivian Chukwuemeka, I think the poor girl has stepped on some powerful toes. What drug test did she fail. She is the current African Champion and has been consistent in her base in Usa. She was tested ion Jamaica and found clean. What about in Port Novo where she set another african record, she was also clean.Now Dr Ken has said she tested positive. This is a big lie as we all know what is going on. Let them test her again. They have not done the port novo test and they are crucifying her already, i refuse to beleive that she is guilty. Please if anybody can help her, she has done too much for Nigeria to be thrown away like this. Nigerians should stand by her and bring Dr Ken to book.

  13. Abuja's City Guide

    August 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

    I’m really disappointed in these ladies, better to fail with honour than to succeed by fraud. It’s not my saying!

  14. Sunshine

    August 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    As a Caribbean person, I never know whether to believe Nigerians…. which is sad. I cannot understand why people cheat in sports especially. It’s not worth it to ruin your health for money. Thank God, my Caribbean athletes has never been found wanting…..

    • Noski

      August 4, 2012 at 2:18 pm

      Right!!! Just like the Carribean lady from St. Kitts who got sent home for injecting herself with a drug used for racehorses

  15. Chioma

    August 10, 2012 at 3:48 am

    Am really disappointed in them,especially ozoh loretta

  16. sonia eucharia

    March 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I choose not to beliv dat vivian chukwuemeka failed dope test, something is behind her banning it was’t just ordinary dope test because she has been making nigerians proud and has always being found clean and pure.please let us help her out so she could be free fom the hands of her enemies ,we love u vivian chukwuemeka God pass them all.you were indeed inocent.

  17. BigHair

    March 27, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    *Insert ‘Mean Girls’ quote hear*

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