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Nigeria Wins Silver in the Women's 4x100 Relay—for 2008.

Following the disqualification of the 2008 Russian team for Yulia Chermoshanskaya's doping, Nigeria's women get the silver medal.

The Nigerian women’s athletic squad was just awarded the Olympic silver medal for the 4x100 relay.


But hold on, it’s not what you think.

This medal is being awarded for the team's performance at the 2008 games in Beijing, for which they were originally awarded the bronze. Watch it here.

The reason for this bewildering event is that Russian sprinter Yulia Chermoshanskaya has only now tested positive for doping during that event and has been retroactively disqualified. Under rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the sport’s governing body, one person caught using performance enhancing drugs on a relay team means disqualification for the entire team.

With Russia out, the second place finishers in 2008, the Belgians, will be receiving the gold, the Nigerians the silver and Brazil the bronze. So, congratulations are in order for the 2008 team: Franca Idoko, Gloria Kemasuode, Halimat Ismaila,Oludamola Osayomi.

But in a sign of just how pervasive doping is in athletics, both Kemasuode and Osayomi have since 2008 been caught up in their own separate doping scandals with Kemasuode having been banned from competition from 2009 to 2011 and Osayomi having her medal stripped from her during the 2010 Commonwealth Games for tests suggesting she was using the stimulant methylhexanamine.

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Ayomide Bello Is the First Nigerian Woman Canoeist to Qualify for the Olympics

The young athlete is headed for Olympic gold at the 2020 games in Tokyo.

Nigerian woman are making their mark across all areas of sport, and now for the first time ever the country will be sending its first ever woman canoeist to the Olympics.

At just 17, Ayomide Bello will become the first female Nigerian canoeist to compete at the Olympic games when they head to Tokyo in 2020. The teenager beat out other African contenders at the C1 200 event at Africa's Tokyo 2020 qualifiers in Morocco last week to claim the spot, according to BBC Sport.

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Zimbabwe's National Women's Soccer Team Boycotted Their Olympics Qualifying Match

The team abandoned its match with Zambia in protest of unpaid fees from last month.

The Mighty Warriors, Zimbabwe's national women's soccer team, were scheduled to play against Zambia in the second leg of their qualifying rounds for the 2020 Summer Olympics being held in Tokyo, Japan. However, a half hour prior to the match kicking off at the National Sports Stadium yesterday, it was called off entirely. This comes after the team also failed to show up for the official Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) camp ahead of the qualifying games. It is reported that the Zimbabwean players were protesting unpaid allowances from last month's matches in the 2019 COSAFA Cup which was held in South Africa. However, Zifa alleges that the players are in breach of their contract, according to BBC Sport.

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Watch Dave's Meditative 'Tiny Desk Concert'

The British-Nigerian rapper delivers stripped-down versions of some of his most personal tracks for NPR's Tiny Desk series.

Mercury Prize-winning rapper Dave is one of the latest artists to appear of NPR's Tiny Desk series.

The British-Nigerian hitmaker, opens his set with his hit Burna Boy-assisted track "Location," joined by vocalist Tashera Robertson. We see Dave showcasing his singing voice as well as he and Robertson step in for Burna Boy's parts.

Next he performs "Black," which he says is about the Black-British experience. "Everyone's experience with being black is different, but this Is my take," he says.

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South African Artists are Against Burna Boy Performing at Upcoming 'Africans Unite' Concert

This reportedly comes after the 'African Giant' got into a heated Twitter exchange with rapper AKA during South Africa's xenophobic attacks.

Burna Boy is set to take the stage at the "Africans Unite" concert alongside Kwesta, Jidenna and Busiswa (among several others) in two weeks. Part of the proceeds of the concert will be donated to the victims of South Africa's recent xenophobic violence towards African foreign nationals in an effort to bring everyone together. However, South African artists are reportedly against Burna Boy being a part of the lineup following his heated Twitter exchange with rapper AKA.

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