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Nigerian quartermiler Tosin Adeloye has been declared ineligible to compete in Track and Field for eight years according to the latest correspondence by the world governing body in Athletics, the IAAF.

The African Junior women’s 400m and 4x400m Champion failed an in-competition test at last year’s Confederation of African Athletics (CAA) Super Grand Prix in Warri, also known as the Warri Relays.

Her ban was backdated to the 24th of July 2015, the day she failed the dope test. She is expected to complete her sentence on July 23, 2023.

Adeloye had a Personal Best (PB) of 51.24s set at the 2015 African Games in Brazzaville, but will have her time, as well as the GOLD medal won with the women’s 4x400m relay team, withdrawn. It turns out that the competition was her last outing for Nigeria.

Adeloye had previously tested positive for an anabolic steroid at the 2012 National Sports Festival (NSF) in Lagos, and was subsequently banned for two years, before resuming action in January 2015.

She joins Deborah Odeyemi, Chinazom Amadi and Samson Idiata on the list of recent doping offenders. The four-year bans of the trio were upheld by the IAAF earlier this year.

Odeyemi failed a dope test at last year’s National Trials in Warri where she finished 3rd in the women’s 100m.

Amadi and Idiata on the other hand tested positive to banned substances at the African Games  where both athletes incidentally won the men and women’s titles in the Long Jump.

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Yemi Olus is a Senior Sports Writer at Making of Champions. She has a bias for athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the National Sports Festival and the African Athletics Championships, and has also freelanced for the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN). Yemi holds a BA in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University .

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