In what could be termed a show of fairness and justice, Nigeria’s men 4x400m relay team at the Sydney 2000 Olympics have been elevated to the position of gold by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after a member of the United States 4x400m team, Antonio Pettigrew was found guilty of using banned substances during the game.
In light of the foregoing, Nigeria has been given up to November 1, 2012 to return the silver medals in their possession before the process of awarding the gold medals could commence.
Nigeria’s quartet of Jude Monye, Clement Chukwu, Sunday Bada (deceased) andEnefiok Udo-Obong clinched the silver in that memorable race but now have their names written in the history books of the prestigious games as they will now receive gold for their efforts.
The IOC executive board confirmed before the London 2012 Olympics that gold medals will be formally awarded to Nigeria four years after it had stripped the Americans.
In a letter to the Nigeria Olympic Committee, the IOC instructed that the silver medals and second placed diplomas awarded to the team, be returned.
“In order to proceed with the re-allocation of items in line with the new ranking, we kindly ask your NOC to return the following items received by your team in connection with the Men’s 4x400m relay event,” the letter stated.
The other members of the team include Nduka Awazie and Fedelis Gadzama who were reserves.
NOC spokesman, Mr. Tony Ubani confirmed the reception of the letter. He added that all the concerned athletes have been contacted and that the NOC will meet the November 1 deadline.