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Okagbare Olympics saga: UK athletics seek clarity on two Sprinters


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The Tokyo Olympics may have come and gone with joy and lamentations over the gains and losses, but the UK Athletics has sort clarity on two of their sprinters Adam Gemili and Daryll Neita.

The duo were part of leading sprinters in US based training group under coach Rana Reider who incidentally was handling Okagbare when she aledgedly tested positive for human growth hormone on July 29 leading to her provisioal suspension.  The said hammer prevented the Nigeria medal hopeful from participating in the

100m and 200m races where many of her compatriots had hoped she will pick a medal no matter the colour

While there is no suggestion of wrongdoing on the part of two British athletes, Sportsmail understands the governing body have spoken to their standards, ethics and rules committee to seek procedural advice over what, if anything, they should do to proceed.

There is not believed to be an investigation at this point.

Meanwhile, the British track and field team hierarchy are processing an underwhelming performance in Tokyo. They recovered from a poor start to record six medals, but failed to win a gold for the first time in 25 years. They were 24th in the medal table and had only 16 top-eight finishes, despite sending a bloated team of 75 on the back of £23million of lottery funding.

It has drawn strong criticism from former UK Athletics (UKA) chairman Ed Warner.

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‘The medal table makes dismal reading mainly by virtue of the lack of a British Olympic champion, golds being the first determinant of a nation’s standing,’ he wrote on his Sport Inc blog: ‘The last time GB came away from a Games without a gold medal was 1996. Twenty-fourth place is grim and compares with third, eighth, fourth and sixth over the past four Games.’




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