“We are not just alternatives, but potential medalists.”

“Why should we suffer for someone else’s negligence?”

And, “All we wanted to do is to compete”.

These were some of the concerns displayed by the Nigerian athletes who went picketing in Tokyo, Japan on Friday as a result of their disqualification to compete on the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Ten [10] Nigerian athlete – Ruth Usoro [Jumper], Favour Ofili [Sprinter], Chioma Onyekwere [Discus Throw], Annette Echikunwoke [Hammer Throw], Chidi Okezie [4x400m mixed relays], Knowledge Omovoh [4x100m women], Rosemary Chukwuma [100m], Glory Patrick [4x400m mixed relays], Yinka Ajayi [4x400m mixed relays] and Tina Godless [4x100m relays] were on Wednesday disqualified from competing in the Tokyo 2020 Games having failed the Athletics Integrity Unit anti-doping guidelines.

But the affected athletes blame the Nigerian authorities for the mishap thereby registering their displeasure through a demonstration.

By James K. Attaglo Wilson