One week after Botswana’s Nijel Amos was once passed a three-year ban for doping, he’s now promoting the Olympic silver medal he received within the 800m on the London 2012 Olympics.
Amos’ explanation why for promoting his Olympic medal is to toughen his circle of relatives. Consistent with the BBC, the 29-year-old met with any individual who desires to shop for it for 4.5m Botswanan pula (USD $300,000), however Amos believes the price of his medal will double with the discharge of his upcoming documentary on Netflix, to be launched later this yr.
He completed 2d within the 800m at the back of global file holder David Rudisha of Kenya, making him the primary Botswanan to win an Olympic medal in any tournament. Amos holds the third-fastest 800m time in historical past (1:41.73), and is certainly one of best 5 males who’ve long gone underneath 1:42.
The 800m runner was once to begin with suspended in July 2022 after an out-of-competition check published a banned metabolic modulator, GW1516. Amos confronted a four-year ban, however it was once decreased to 3 years after he signed a letter of admission.
Alternatively, he’s nonetheless combating the case. “It’s been a financially draining procedure,” Amos stated in a commentary. He has reportedly incurred $67,000 in prison charges and go back and forth bills.
Amos stated it’s tricky to continue to exist in Botswana, the place athletes aren’t given pensions or any lump sum insurance coverage payouts.
GW1516 was once in the beginning advanced to regard weight problems and diabetes however isn’t licensed for human use, because it was once found out to be carcinogenic. It’s banned out and in of competitors, and now not eligible for a healing use exemption (TUE).