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Nigerian athletes to keep Samsung phones despite disqualification from TOKYO2020

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has approved the request of Team Nigeria to allow the 10 athletes who were declared ineligible to partake in the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympics to keep their Samsung Galaxy S21 5G.


The athletes were disqualified for not meeting the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 governing National Anti-Doping Federation.


The flagship phone was given to all athletes who are residents at the Olympic Village in order for them to benefit from all important information included in the ‘Athlete365website’ and also to comply with requirements set forth in the Playbooks.


The Nigeria Olympic Committee like all other NOCs had received the phones on behalf of their athletes but could not extend such gestures to the ineligible athletes as they tried to abide by the rules.
The letter of approval to give the phones to the disqualified athletes was signed by Jonas Brun, Junior Project Manager, NOC Relations/ NOC Services.


“Regarding your athletes that will not participate in competitions in Tokyo in light of the latest information received, I confirm that you can still go ahead and give phones to the athletes,” the letter reads.
The approval by the IOC to extend the Samsung phones gifts to the ineligible athletes had since been complied by the NOC.

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