Nigeria’s observe and discipline Olympics workforce takes an enormous blow following the elimination of sprinter Blessing Okagbare over a optimistic drug check.
Okagbare, 32, produced a failed drug check for human progress hormones. In a press launch offered by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), stated the 2008 Olympics lengthy bounce silver medallist is provisionally suspended for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
“Development Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) Prohibited Listing and a provisional suspension is obligatory following an hostile analytical discovering for such substance below the World Athletics Anti-Doping Guidelines,” said the AIU.
Okagbare examined optimistic throughout an out-of-competition check taken on July 19. She was notified of her suspension this morning, whereas she was in Tokyo, simply hours earlier than this night’s semi-finals of the ladies’s 100m, which she was set to compete in.
Okagbare breezed by her 100m warmth on Friday, with a time of 11.05 seconds, qualifying her for Saturday’s semi-finals.
On Thursday (July 29), ESPN reported that the AIU decided that of a complete of 20 athletes who’ve been banned from Olympic competitors, 10 of them are from Nigeria. On the time, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria stated, “It have to be famous that no Nigerian athlete examined optimistic to prohibited substances.”
The AFN had already begun taking precautionary measures, as they appointed Professor Ken Anugweje as the top of the Medical and Anti-Doping Fee of the Federation.
Regardless of doing harm management, Okagbare’s check was already taken, and her Saturday morning outcomes are one other sting to Nigeria’s Olympic roster.