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Nigeria: NSC to send Osayomi to Texas

The National Sports Commission (NSC) is to send sprinter Damola Osayomi to Houston, Texas in order to help her overcome her ordeal following her positive dope test at Delhi 2010.

The 24-year-old Nigerian was stripped of her Commonwealth Games women’s 100m gold medal after her B sample tested positive for a banned stimulant.

However, commenting on her plight, Sports Minister, Ibrahim Bio insisted that he believed that she did not knowingly take the substance and as such was ready to help her.

According to Bio, Osayomi had become a wreck since the news of her positive test broke four days ago, with the athlete locking her self in her room refusing to eat.

“I sincerely believe she did not knowingly take the drug. You need to see her she has not been herself since the news broke. We have had to force her to eat. She just locked herself in her room, switched off her phone and refused to answer anyone.

“She is such a promising athlete that we can’t allow to waste away like that.

This is why I have agreed that she should be taken to a rehabilitation centre in Houston where she will receive the best treatment possible. We want to get her back on her feet as soon as possible. What happened to her is just unfortunate,” said the minister.

According to the plan, Osayomi is expected to fly direct to the US from Delhi in the company of former Olympian Mary Onyali-Omagbemi in order for her to begin her treatment immediately.

Osayomi’s sample contained traces of banned stimulant methylhexaneamine, which has only recently been added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list.

The minister did not mention the second Nigerian athlete, Samuel Okon who also tested positive to the same stimulant found in Osayomi’s system.

In the wake of Osayomi’s disqualification, the 100m gold medal was awarded to Natasha Mayers of St Vincent and the Grenadines, while the silver went to England’s Katherine Endacott and the bronze to Delphine Atangana of Cameroon.