After the International Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday that one of Russia’s female runners tested positive for steroids in a re-analysis of her doping samples, Nigeria now has an Olympic relay silver medal from the Beijing 2008 Olympics.
Russia had won the women’s 4×100-meter relay at the 2008 Beijing games before Yulia Chermoshanskaya tested positive to two drugs. She has been stripped of the gold medal alongside her teammates in the women’s 4×100-meter relay.
The International Association of Athletics Federation has been asked to modify the results and consider any further sanctions against Chermoshanskaya.
According to IAAF rules, Nigeria is elevated to the second position while Belgium gets the Gold medal.
The Nigerian team of Ene Franca Idoko, Gloria Kemasuode, Halimat Ismaila and Oludamola Osayomi who crossed the line third in 43.04, will be upgraded to silver. Brazil will now take bronze after clocking 43.14.
The IAAF rules state that an entire relay team loses its medals if one of the runners tests positive.