Nigerian Athlete Blessing Okagbare Suspended From the Olympic Games
Nigerian top athlete, Blessing Okagbare, has been “provisionally” suspended for doping on Saturday.
The Athletics Integrity Unit made this known in a press statement, saying that the 32-year-old Nigerian athlete tested positive for a banned substance – human growth hormone.
The ant-doping body said Okagbare tested positive for the prohibited substance in an out-of-competition test on July 19 – four days before the Olympics opened.
The results of that test were only received by track and field’s anti-doping body late Friday after Okagbare, who won her heat in 11.05seconds, qualified for the semifinals of women’s 100m race at the Olympics
With the suspension, Okagbare will no longer compete at the Tokyo Olympics.
The statement read, “The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria today with immediate effect after a sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for human Growth Hormone.
“Growth Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.
Okagbare’s suspension is coming about 48 hours after the disqualification of 10 Nigerian athletes from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for not meeting the minimum testing requirements under Rule 15 governing the National Anti-Doping Federation.
Culled from Punch Nigeria