Nigeria’s participation in the women’s 4x100m and mixed 4x400m relays in is major jeopardy, with only two athletes now listed as entered for each race by the International Olympic Committee.
Nigeria was added to the Category A list in 2020, along with Morocco, while the other five nations predate them.
Despite the disqualifications, the AIU insists progress has been made by the Category A territories on the whole.
This includes in excess of 1,600 out-of-competition tests being conducted by domestically – and on top of AIU tests on athletes in the International Registered Testing Pool – in the seven countries since the start of 2021.
Increased testing resulted in six adverse findings, per the AIU.
“National Federations must play their part in supporting anti-doping efforts,” said David Howman, chair of the AIU Board.
“The eligibility rules for athletes from ‘Category A’ countries are very clear and compliance is essential for cementing the required long-term changes and ensuring a level playing field for clean athletes.
“I must underline that there have been significant improvements in anti-doping efforts in most ‘Category A’ countries thanks to this rule.
“It is clear that the relevant National Federations in conjunction with their NADOs [National Anti-Doping Organisations] have started to take their testing responsibilities seriously, and I thank them for their efforts, but there remains a long way to go in some circumstances.”
Track and field competition at Tokyo 2020 begins on Friday (July 30).
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