–Alakija, Al-Ameen also eligible to race for country of origin
The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) has formally cleared USA-born sprinter, Mark Jelks to compete for Nigeria.
Jelks, a former American international who represented the USA at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan in 2007 early this year applied for a switch of allegiance to dorn Nigeria’s green and white colours and his request was granted by the IAAF under Rules 1.1(a), (b), (c), (f) or (g) of the eligibility rules.
The 30-year old who holds a personal best of 9.99 seconds in the 100m was suspended from competition for two years in 2010 by the IAAF for a doping violation.
He had failed to notify the United States Anti-Doping Agency of his location on three separate occasions within an 18-month period and in line with World Anti-Doping Agency rules he received a two-year suspension, lasting from August 2010 to 2012.
He announced his arrival as an American-Nigerian in June 2014 by winning the Nigerian championships in the 100m. A month and a half later he ran his first international competition in a Nigerian uniform, making the final in the 100m at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and finishing second at the 19th African Championships in Athletics in Marrakech, Morocco two weeks later.
Jelks also anchored the Nigerian 4x100m relay team to gold at the African event.
Apart from Jelks, the IAAF also confirmed the switch in allegiance of British-born duo of Alakija Danielle and Al-Ameen Alexander.