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BLESSING OKAGBARE SUSPENDED FROM TOKYO OLYMPICS OVER FAILED DRUGS TEST

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Nigeria’s medal hopeful and sprinter; Blessing Okagbare has been handed a provisional suspension at the Tokyo Olympics currently ongoing.

In a press release this morning in Monaco, France by the Athletics Integrity Organisation, Okagbare was handed the suspension after “samples from her tested positive for human growth hormones.”

The release further stated that “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.

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“The AIU collected the sample from Ms. Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on 19 July. The WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-day Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July.

“The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo. She was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m this evening.

“The AIU will make no further comment on this matter at this time.”

Before the Olympics, sports analysts in Nigeria and abroad had placed hope on Blessing Okagbare as a sure medal prospect for Nigeria at the games.

Okagbare won silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Long Jump and was a finalist in the 100m race at the 2012 Olympics.

She also holds the Women’s 100 meters Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds.

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