The Namibia National Olympic Committee is in close contact with World Athletics with regards to the way forward for athletes Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi who were withdrawn from the women’s 400m for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

In a press release issued on Friday morning, Namibia National Olympic Committee (NNOC) president Abner Xoagub said their medical teams were in close contact.

“The NNOC and our medical officer Dr Ben Viljoen are in close contact with Dr Stephane Bermon, medical officer of World Athletics with regards to the way forward in the interest of our two sprinters. We will analyse all information and apply it in the best interest of those two young girls. We are positive on their future as elite athletes. This should not be viewed negatively but rather as a new challenge and opportunity,” he said.

Xoagub said that World Athletics had required the two athletes, amongst other international athletes, to undergo medical assessments, ‘which were done in Italy where the athletes are currently based in a training camp.’

“The results from the testing centre indicated that both athletes have a natural high testosterone level. According to the rules of World Athletics, this means that they are not eligible to participate in events from 400m to 1 600m,” he added.

Ït is important to understand that both our athletes were not aware of this condition and neither were any family member, their coach or the NNOC aware of it,” he said.