2008 Beijing Olympics: IOC upgrades Team Nigeria’s bronze to silver

The International Olympic Committee, IOC, has formally written to inform Nigeria team through the Nigeria Olympic Committee that it has upgraded Nigeria’s Bronze medal won in the women’s 4×100-meter relay at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing to silver.

The IOC stripped Russia of the gold medal the country won in the women’s 4×100-meter relay at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, after which government-sponsored doping scandal wreaked havoc for the Russian athletes.

Chermoshanskaya, 30, who was disqualified from the 200 meters, in which she finished eighth, was also  disqualified after a reanalysis of the retired runner’s samples from Beijing found traces of two banned substances in her system — stanozolol and turinabol.

In a letter from the IOC addressed to President of NOC, Engr Habu Gumel and signed by Pere Miro, the IOC wrote; “it is our pleasure to inform you that your  relay team is now placed second in this same event”.

Belgium has been upgraded to the relay gold, with Nigeria moving up to silver and Brazil to bronze.
And in order to proceed to the reallocation according to the new classification, the IOC asked the NOC to send back bronze medals, second place diplomas and bronze medallists pins of Ms Franca Idoko, Ms Gloria Kemasuode, Ms Halimat Ismailia and Ms Oludamola Osayomi who were Team Nigeria’s flag bearers in the women relay team.