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Nijel Amos risks censure

Publishing Date : 09 March, 2015

Author : KETUMILE RAMATITI

Amos said to have dodged the tests

800 meters athletics star, Nijel Amos’ ignorance and failure to honour the World Anti-Doping Agency’s call to do an out of competitions test could lend him in trouble. According to reports, Botswana athletics fraternity could see another doping saga as the 800m champion tops the agency’s list of most notorious athletes.


Information gathered by this publication reveals that Amos has been playing cat and mouse with the agency, something that has not went down well with the anti-doping body.


WeekendSport has learnt that two weeks back, WADA notified the athlete about their intentions to do an out of competitions test to which he agreed, but upon arrival of their agent at the athlete’s Potchefstroom apartment, he was nowhere to be found. However, at that time, this newspaper can reveal that Amos was in Botswana, specifically at Molepolole for the Botswana Athletics (BAA) Championships - as a spectator.


The BAA has confirmed that they have received a strong worded letter from WADA illustrating a lot of displeasure about the athlete. “Yes it is true we have received a letter from WADA about their discontent with the athlete’s behavior and they have warned us that there will be consequences,’’ Roland Masalila, the spokesperson of the association said in an interview.


This recent turn-out has the association’s executive committee on the edge as they are still reeling from the Montsho saga.


The latest revised WADA rules and regulations state in article 10, 7.1 that multiple violation of the doping rules could see the athlete receiving a minimum of six months to four years. “The rules state that failure to abide by the regulations or cooperating with agency, could result in the athlete being slapped with a suspension just like someone who has tested positive for drug use,’’ Masalila added.


It is not the first time the 2012 Olympic silver medalist absconded from the test in fact, Masalila has revealed that it was the third time Amos failed to honor the call, and this time around the agency seems to be ready to crack the whip. Part of the letter states the athlete could suffer consequences.


Sources close to the athlete have also revealed that Amos has confessed the incident to them. ’’It appears that he was not prepared, and after receiving the call from WADA notifying him about their intentions he immediately fled to Botswana to avoid embarrassment because it appears he is not sure about his status,’’ one of the sources revealed.


Masalila has also gone on to say that their efforts to speak to and guide the athlete have proved futile as the 21 year old is ‘ignorant’. “This boy is overwhelmed by childish behavior and this may ruin his future because he is just ignorant and refuses advices.’’


Amos has previously received negative criticism from various quarters in the country regarding his music career which nearly destroyed his seemingly bright future in track events, but after getting guidance from his mentors he then silenced many as he performed well walking away with some big carrots that were on offer like the IAAF Diamond league.


The former McConnell student has a lot in his plate this year. In May, the athlete will leave for the IAAF Diamond League which he became the overall winner last year in his first season. In September, he is expected to be representing the country at the All Africa Games (AAG) in Congo, Brazzaville. Next year he will represent the country at the Rio Olympics where he is expected to either defend his silver medal or bring home the gold medal. But all these could become a pie in the sky if he fails to escape the wrath of WADA.

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