Banned Nigerian athlete, Abugan to re-launch career by October

Nigerian female the 400 metres sprinter, Folashade Abugan, has hinted she would be back on track to re-launch her career from October, 2012 after serving out her two-year ban.

Abugan was disqualified from the 400 metres competition at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India and later banned for two years after she tested positive for testosterone pro-hormone in her ‘A’ sample.

The Ondo state-born athlete in a chat with Premium Times revealed that she has started light training in anticipation of her planned full re-launch her career by October.

“I am fine now and doing much better,” she said. “I have started my training. I was formerly in South Africa, but presently I am in Akure, Ondo state. But I hope to be in Lagos next week. By October I will be back to start afresh,” the 400 metres bronze medalist at the 2007 All-Africa Games, revealed.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Abugan had won two silver medals for Nigeria in the 400 metres and in 4×400 metres relay before organisers discovered she spiked her system with a banned substance and subsequently stripped her of the two medals.

A former World Junior champion back in 2008, Abugan caused some steer when she alleged that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria had a hand in her drug use.

The allegation was expectedly denied by the AFN who labeled the athlete who won a silver medal at the 2008 African Athletics Championships as a sinking man that wants to drag others along.

Abugan would be hoping to join the long list of athletes, like Olympic Gold medalist, Chioma Ajunwa, that came back from serving various drug offences ban to rule their event.


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