Nigeria’s Daniel Effiong and Jamaica’s Donovan Powell, potential 100-meter finalists in track and field’s World Championships that begin here Friday, have been disqualified after failing recent drug tests.
Effiong, seventh in the 100 at the 1993 World Championships and ranked fourth in the world in the 200 last year, faces a four-year ban after testing positive for an anabolic steroid, methyltestosterone, and a stimulant, ephedrine, at Nigeria’s national championships on June 16.
That was less than a month after he won the 100 and 200 for Lubbock Christian in the NAIA championships at Azusa Pacific. He also was the NAIA indoor champion this year in the 60 and 200.
Powell, ranked eighth in the 100 this summer with a best of 10.07 seconds, will be banned for three months after testing positive for ephedrine at Jamaica’s national championships on June 23.
Exonerated Wednesday by the International Amateur Athletic Federation, which governs the sport, was Belarus’ Eduard Hamalainen, who is expected to challenge two-time world champion Dan O’Brien in the decathlon.
Hamalainen recently received two notices to report for IAAF out-of-competition testing, one at his home in Finland and one at his former home in Belarus. He responded to the first, testing negative at the nearest laboratory in Stockholm, then assumed he did not have to respond to the second.
The Belarus track and field federation disagreed, suspending him. But the IAAF granted his appeal, enabling him to enter the World Championships.
Without opposition, Primo Nebiolo of Italy was elected by acclamation to a fourth term as IAAF president Wednesday. Only one other council member, Eisa Al Dashti of Kuwait, announced his candidacy, but he withdrew after Nebiolo appealed in a personal visit to the sheik of Kuwait.
Perhaps coincidentally, Al Dashti temporarily lost his position on the council Wednesday morning when Sheikh Khalid Bin Al Thani of Qatar was elected as the area representative for Asia.
Asked at a news conference whether there was a connection between Al Dashti’s foiled attempt to unseat Nebiolo and his ouster from the council, Istvan Gyulai, the IAAF’s general secretary, said: “I can’t imagine anything like you are hinting at.”
Later in the day, Al Dashti was reelected to the council as an individual member. “I defeated him,” he said of Nebiolo. “He can’t stop my ambition.”
Nebiolo, meanwhile, withdrew his threat to return home to Italy before Friday’s opening ceremony because of his negative news conference with the Swedish media.
“Who would open the championships, you journalists?” he asked.
In a special election, the IAAF added women to the 27-member council for the first time, electing Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco, who won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in the 1984 Olympics, and Abby Hoffman of Canada. Ollan Cassell, executive director of USA Track & Field, was reelected as one of four vice presidents.
Gyulai said the IAAF, which reviews all world records before ratifying them, will pay special attention to Cuban Ivan Pedroso’s long jump mark upon receiving an official submission from the Italian track and field federation, which oversaw the meet last Sunday at Sestriere, Italy.
Witnesses have questioned the wind reading of 1.2 meters per second, one of only four during the event under the legally allowable 2.0.
The IAAF has received two amateur videos that reportedly show a large man in a blue jacket standing in front of the anemometer, possibly altering the reading.