Okagbare Banned For 10 Years For Doping

Okagbare Banned For 10 Years For Doping.

Blessing Okagbare, a Nigerian sprinter, was given a 10-year suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit on Friday for being a part of a “organized doping program” ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

The former world silver medallist was first suspended in July, just days before she was scheduled to compete in the Olympic quarterfinals in the 100 meters.

In June, Okagbare tested positive for the blood-booster EPO in Nigeria, and in July, he failed a test for human growth hormone in Slovakia.

The AIU ordered a five-year ban for the presence and usage of various illegal drugs, with the suspension being doubled due to her failure to comply with the inquiry.

“A ban of 10 year(s) is a strong message against intentional and coordinated attempts to cheat at the very highest level of our sport,” AIU head Brett Clothier said.

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“This is an outcome that was driven by our intelligence-led target testing as well as our commitment to investigate the circumstances behind a positive test.”

At the 2008 Olympics, Okagbare won bronze in the long jump. When a Russian athlete was disqualified for doping, it was upgraded to a silver medal.

She won silver in the long jump and bronze in the 200 meters at the 2013 World Championships. In 2014, Okagbare also won the 100 and 200 meters at the Commonwealth Games.

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