Another Nigerian Athlete Folashade Abugan has been tested positive for a steroid.The announcement was made on Friday by the Commonwealth Games Federation in the morning after closing ceremony of the New Delhi event.
Abugan won silver medals in the 400 metres and was part of the Nigerian team which finished second in the women’s 4×400-metre relay.
The ruling elevates England to the silver medal position in the relay and Canada the bronze.
Two other Nigerian runners tested positive to a banned stimulant methylhexaneamine during the Games.
Osayomi Oludamola was stripped of a gold medal in the women’s 100 metres and Samuel Okon, who was sixth in the final of the men’s 110-metre hurdles, was also disqualified.
Indian race walker Rani Yadav tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone after finishing sixth in the 20-kilometre event.
Yadav and Abugan face bans of up to two years.
Friday’s announcement from the CGF came only hours after the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority announced it had banned another Nigerian athlete for two years for testing positive for an anabolic agent.
ASADA said Nigerian Olympic sprinter Bowa Lawal tested positive for the prohibited substance methandienone in March at the IAAF’s 2010 Melbourne Track Classic.
Nigerian officials at the Commonwealth Games said they were investigating the spate of doping findings. After the second positive was revealed, a Nigerian athletics official said every athlete who prepared for the New Delhi Games in Nigeria had undergone out-of-competition testing.
The CGF conducted about 1,500 doping tests in New Delhi, including medallists in all events.
“Abugan’s ‘A’ sample was found to demonstrate findings consistent with an exogenous origin of endogenous steroids … (and) indicate an application of testosterone prohormone,” the CGF said in a statement.
She “wrote to the CGF waiving her rights to have her “B” sample analyzed. She also admitted liability.”
All Abugan’s results were nullified, meaning the silver medal for the 400 will be awarded to Aliann Tabitha Pompey of Guyana, with the bronze medal going to Christine Amertil of the Bahamas.
India was a surprise winner of the women’s 4×400 on the final night of the athletics competition, the country’s first Commonwealth Games track gold medal since 1958.
Oludamola and Okon had their New Delhi results nullified, but there is some question over the duration of the bans they face.
The World Anti-Doping Agency recently loosened the classification of methylhexaneamine for next year to the “specified stimulant” list, which covers drugs that are more susceptible to inadvertent use and can carry reduced penalties.
Sanctions for use of the drug can be reduced if athletes can prove they did not intend to enhance performance. Penalties can range from a warning to a two-year ban.
WADA said methylhexaneamine was sold as a medicine until the early 1970s and has now reappeared in some nutritional supplements and cooking oils.