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CGF clears O'Sullivan, Ezenwa to run for Australia

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Melbourne, Mar 12 (UNI) Ending days of uncertanity, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) today gave green signal to the Nigerian-born sprinter Ambrose Ezenwa and Irish distance runner Sonia O'Sullivan to compete for Australia at the Commonwealth Games.

The 36-year-old O'Sullivan, who has been granted dual citizenship, would normally have to wait three years to compete for another country. Ezenwa, who was also affected by the ruling, can now legally compete for the host nation.

However, organisers have accepted that the Commonwealth Games are not covered by the rule, although the loophole will be closed after the Melbourne event.

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) announced its decision after consultation with Athletics Australia and the International Association of Athletic Federations.

CGF Chief Executive Officer Mike Hooper explained that IAAF rule 524, which prevents athletes with dual citizenships from competing at other international sporting events, will come into effect after the Melbourne Games.

''The change will take place immediately after the Closing Ceremony,'' Mr Hooper said. ''In the future we are 100 percent committed to delivering what is expected from a high level competition.'' The inclusion of these two athletes will boost the medal prospects of the host nation's athletics squad.

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