BY ABAYOMI JOHNSON
Nigeria female weightlifter, Mariam Usman is delighted to receive her bronze medal achieved at 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
“Received by me “Mariam Usman” bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. It was only delayed but not denied,” Usman stated after being presented with the medal by officials on Nigerian Olympic Committee at the media Center of the National Stadium, Abuja on Thursday.
Usman was awarded the medal following the disqualification of the previous winner due to dope infraction.
Usman originally finished fifth at the Games nine years ago but was upgraded to the third position after the silver and bronze medalists winners were suspended by the IOC for anti-doping rule violations.
Usman is a four-time African champion and reigning gold medalist in her category at the last Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She also has a bronze medal from the 2011 World Championships in Paris.
The presentation ceremony was attended by the Sports Minister Solomon Dalung, NOC President, Habu Gumel and President of Nigeria Weightlifting Federation, Mohammed Yahaya.