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Jul 23, 2012, 06:49 PM
LONDON (AFP) - Nigeria were officially awarded the men's 4x400m relay gold medal from the 2000 Olympics on Saturday following a meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board.
The Nigerians took the gold originally won by the United States, who have since been disqualified because of the late Antonio Pettigrew confessing to having been doped at the time of the Games.
Nigeria are elevated to title winners with Jamaica taking silver and the Bahamas the bronze.
"Pettigrew was disqualified in August 2008 but the EB delayed a decision on reallocation until it had received information stemming from investigations into the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO) sports-doping scandal," a statement read.
"Having confirmed that no further information on other athletes would be forthcoming the EB agreed to reallocate the medals and diplomas.
"The teams from Nigeria, Jamaica and the Bahamas that finished behind the US men in the 4x400m race will be awarded gold, silver and bronze medals respectively."
However, the Executive Board were not able to perform such an exercise regarding the US women's 4x400m relay gold medal winners from the 2004 Games despite Crystal Cox admitting afterwards she took steroids from 2001-2004.
Whilst the athlete herself - who ran solely in the heat - had her medal taken back the IOC are awaiting clarification from athletics governing body the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as to whether the whole team should be disqualified.
Jul 23, 2012, 06:53 PM
Sydney gold will motivate Nigeria in London -Alli
Athletics coach and former captain of Nigeria's athletic team, Yusuf Alli, says the award of Sydney 2002 gold medal in the 4x400m relay to Nigeria by the International Olympic Committee comes at the right moment when Nigerian needs an inspiration to do well in the London 2012 Olympics.
The award comes 12 years after a member of the US team, Antonio Pettigrew, tested positive to a performance-enhancing substance. The US team won gold medal in the race, while the Nigerian team, with the late Sunday Bada, Clement Chukwu, Jude Monye and Enefiok Udo Obong, took the silver medal, with Jamaica coming third.
Before Pettigrew's confession to the use of the performance enhancing substance, the IOC ordered the medal withdrawn in 2008, but the United States Olympic Committee would not surrender the medal to the body, causing the matter to stretch over 12 years.
Speaking from the Games Village in London, Alli, said the decision was impressive even though a little bit late.
"I am very much delighted at the news; I am impressed by the IOC's decision. It is not how long the decision was made but that they have been awarded and recognised after these years," he told the News Agency of Nigeria.
"It is just a pity that my good friend, Bada, one of the four relay quartet to the Sydney Games is no more. But I know his family will also be recognised on his behalf.
"I am extremely happy at the decision. Nigerians should also be happy for the medal although it has been 12 years but nevertheless we were recognised, and it will motivate our team in London."
Wife of the late Bada, Olasumbo, said her husband deserved the Sydney Olympics gold.
"We thank God that the wishes for the country to be given the medal have come through. My husband dreamt of and worked hard for an Olympic medal, and he was confident it would come but never knew he would not be there in flesh and blood to receive it.
"The Olympic gold is the only medal missing from his years in athletics; he worked hard to ensure that he received it alive," she said.
US-based Nigerian athletics coach, Patience Itanyi, also hailed the award as a morale booster for Nigerian athletes.
"I wish and hope that the athletes will look at it and say with this award, we can go all out to win a gold at the London Games," she said.
Jul 23, 2012, 07:14 PM
So will Nigeria give the said athletes their Honda "end of discussion" or wharever they were supposed to get
Jul 23, 2012, 11:23 PM
Lets us wait and see but if Nigeria does not give them a car the mere fact they have gold is enough.
Jul 25, 2013, 10:42 AM
Jonathan Honours Sydney Olympic gold medallists with N5M each
President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday honoured the Nigerian 4x400m men relay team that won gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
The team only recently got its gold medal after Olympic organisers stripped the former winners, USA, of the gold medal.
Each of the six team members, led by late Sunday Bada, got N5 million while their two coaches got N7 million each.
All of them are also to get National Honours soon, the president promised.
President Goodluck Jonathan (centre) with the 4Ã - 4 Men's Relay Team at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney
The reward comes 13 years after Nigeria's participation in the Sydney Olympics in Australia.
The team members include late Bada, represented by his wife; Clement Chukwu; Jude Monye; Fidelis Gadzama; Aniefiok Udobong; and Nduka Nwanze.
Bada's wife was full of tears throughout the short ceremony.
Their handlers, that got the N7 million each, are Innocent Egbunike and Solomon Abari.
The team had initially won the Silver medal in the Olympic Games, behind the U.S. The medal was recently upgraded to Gold by the International Olympics Committee after the United States team was stripped of the Gold medal following doping charges.
A member of the U.S. team, late Antonio Pettigrew, had confessed to having taken performance enhancing drugs at the time of the games.
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