The Nigerian Olympic Committee handed over branded Samsung phones to the 10 Nigerian athletes disqualified at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The punch has learned.
The Athletics Integrity Unit on Wednesday disqualified 10 Nigerian athletes from participating in the athletics events of the 2020 Olympics for non-compliance with anti-doping requirements.
All 10 athletes were declared ineligible after failing to complete the three mandatory out-of-competition tests.
The punch reported on Friday that the athletes had not received the Samsung Galaxy S21 phones given to all athletes participating in the Olympics as keepsakes.
But while clarifying the situation on Friday, the NOC, in a statement, said the athletes received the phones after seeking approval from the International Olympic Committee.
According to NOC spokesperson Femi Adetula, the general conditions of the phones stipulated that any athlete excluded from the Games should return the phone to the IOC.
The NOC, however, said waivers had been obtained for Nigerian athletes to obtain their phones.
According to the NOC, non-eligible athletes received their phone after approval for this purpose.
“The International Olympic Committee has finally acceded to the Nigerian team’s request that their 10 athletes declared ineligible to compete in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games receive the Samsung Galaxy S21 5G given to all qualified athletes residing in the Olympic Village” , he added. NOC said in a statement Friday.
“Regarding your athletes who will not participate in the competitions in Tokyo, in light of the latest information received, I confirm that you can still go ahead and give phones to the athletes,” said the NOC, citing the chief. Junior Project Manager, Relations with the National Olympic Committee / Services of the National Olympic Committee, Jonas Brun, as said.