Global sports round-up

Three Nigerians test positive for drugs

LAGOS – Three Nigerian athletes already in London preparing for the Olympics have tested positive for banned drugs.

Although the Athletics Federation of Nigeria declined to name the affected athletes yesterday, independent sources said that Vivian Chukwuemeka, Lauretta Ozoh and Regina George were those who samples tested positive for banned substances.

The informed National Sports Commission source also revealed that already, the leadership of Team Nigeria camp in Surrey, England has been informed and ordered to de-camp the affected athletes immediately.

“Team Nigeria officials in Surrey, England have been informed to de-camp the affected athletes immediately,” revealed the source.

But one of the affected athletes, Chukwuemeka who is just returning from a two-year ban for a similar offence has called for the result of the test carried out on her at the African Championship in Port Novo, Benin Republic to ascertain if there was no attempt to implicate her with the result of the Nigeria Olympic trials a week earlier in Calabar.

IOC to retest samples from 2004

SFlbATHENS – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is retesting five doping samples from the 2004 Athens Olympics after an adverse finding in the A sample, an official said today.

“There are adverse analytical findings in five cases,” the official told Reuters.

The official told Reuters the B samples were yet to be tested. He gave no details of the sports or athletes involved.

The IOC has been retesting samples from past Games to detect offenders with methods of detection that did not exist at the time. Samples are frozen for eight years.

Several positive cases were discovered after retesting for samples at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Retirement not on Khan’s radar yet

LONDON – Amir Khan has dismissed suggestions that he should retire after losing his WBA light-welterweight title with a fourth-round defeat by Danny Garcia on Saturday night.

IBF super-middleweight world champion Carl Froch said he would quit boxing if he had been knocked out in similar style to Khan.

But the Bolton fighter, 25, told BBC Sport: “I’m not talking about retiring, I’m still young, I’ve got a lot in me.

“I’m still hungry and I’ll come back a lot better and a lot stronger.

Khan was knocked to the canvas on three occasions by Garcia before the referee stopped the fight.

Meanwhile David Haye defeated Dereck Chisora in their grudge match with a fifth-round knockout in an enthralling contest at Upton Park.

Haye floored Chisora with a brutal left-hook, right-hand combination in the fifth. Chisora just managed to climb to his feet but after three right hooks and two lefts from Haye the fight was over.

Earlier, Chisora had controversially rocked British rival Haye with a punch after the bell had sounded in the third round.

Britain fielding largest Olympic team

LONDON – Britain will have the largest team at the London Olympics with 542 athletes competing across all 26 sports, Team GB said today.

The United States will have the second largest delegation with 530 competitors ahead of Russia in third.

“To have the largest delegation of all 204 competing nations at the London 2012 Olympic Games is a fantastic achievement and something which I am immensely proud of,” Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt said.

“It is the largest delegation for over a century, and the biggest since London first hosted the Olympic Games in 1908.”

The British team is smaller than their team at the 1908 Games when 676 athletes took part for the host nation.†

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