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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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Bobi Wine's Release Detailed in Latest Episode of 'The Messenger'

Trauma is the topic on the podcast's latest episode: "The Ballot or The Bullet."

The latest episode of The Messenger is something to behold.

Created by Sudanese-American rapper Bas, The Messenger throws the spotlight on the thunderous circumstances many African countries face, with a close focus on Ugandan politician Bobi Wine.

In his most recent traumatic experience, Wine and his wife Barbara Itungo Kyagulanyi were released from a nearly two-week military house arrest following the ruling of a Ugandan court. Keeping up with current events and circumstances that Wine finds himself in, the latest episode of the podcast recounts the traumatic events that led to Wine's very public abuse and eventual house arrest.

Upon his release, Wine spoke with The Messenger and had this to say, "I want to remind the world that we went in this election knowing how corrupt the staff of the electoral commission is. We saw this through the campaign and the world saw how much was oppressed, how biased and one sided the electoral commission was, and how much it was in the full grip of General Museveni. And therefore we are going to test every legal test, we shall take every legal test. We shall take every legal step. And indeed we shall take every moral and morally proactive, nonviolent, but legal and peaceful step to see that we liberate ourselves. The struggle has not ended. It is just beginning."

Listen to Episode 7 of The Messenger here.

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