In a turn of events that can only be described as ironic, the fallout from Somalia’s recent sprinting scandal has been swift. The chairwoman of the Somali Athletics Federation, Khadijo Aden Dahir, was swiftly suspended following a sprinting scandal at the FISU World University Games, involving her alleged niece, Nasra Ali Abukar.

The Scandal

Abukar’s participation in the women’s 100-meter race has sparked controversy due to her performance, which has been dubbed the “slowest-ever” in a global contest. Her time of 21.81 seconds was a full 10 seconds behind the heat’s winner, raising questions about her selection for the competition.

The video of Abukar’s slow sprint quickly went viral, leading to widespread criticism of the government’s selection process. Elham Garaad, a Somali commentator, called for the Ministry of Youth and Sports to step down, stating, “It’s disheartening to witness such an incompetent government. How could they select an untrained girl to represent Somalia in running? It’s truly shocking and reflects poorly on our country internationally.”

The Investigation

The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Somalia released a document detailing the reasons for Dahir’s suspension. The document accuses Dahir of “abuse of power, nepotism, and defaming the name of the nation in the international arena,” stating that Abukar “has been identified as not a sports person nor a runner.”

The decision to suspend Dahir came after a preliminary investigation meeting with the Executive Committee of the National Olympic Committee of Somalia. The committee plans to convene an “urgent meeting” in the near future to determine the “necessary course of action.”

The document, signed by Hon. Mohamed Barre Mohamud, the Minister of Youth and Sports, also declared the ministry’s intention to pursue legal action against both Dahir and those responsible for the falsification of the Somali University Sports Association.

The Implications

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of transparency, fairness, and competence in sports administration. It underscores the need for those in positions of power to act in the best interests of the athletes they represent and the nation they serve.


The Somali sprinting scandal is a cautionary tale about the dangers of nepotism and corruption in sports. It is also a reminder that athletes deserve to be treated with respect and fairness, regardless of their background or connections.