Blessing Okagbare faces three fresh doping charges

The Athletics Integrity Unit announced Thursday that Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare is facing three charges after testing positive for human growth hormone and EPO, which prompted her to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics.

The AIU disclosed on Thursday that Okagbare tested positive for blood-booster EPO in Nigeria in June, in addition to a failed HGH test in Slovakia in July, which was announced during the Olympics.

Okagbare was also charged with failing to assist with the investigation after she failed to comply with an order to produce “documents, records, and electronic storage devices” in connection with the other allegations.

Okagbare, a previous Commonwealth Games gold medalist, won her first-round heat in the women’s 100m in Tokyo before being forced to retire once the test results were revealed.

“The athlete has been charged with the presence and use of a banned drug following the detection of Human Growth Hormone in a sample obtained outside of competition on July 19th in Slovakia and submitted to the AIU on July 30th,” the AIU said in a statement.

Okagbare also tested positive for the endurance-boosting medication EPO on June 20 in Nigeria, according to the report.

According to the AIU, Okagbare rejects all of the accusations and has requested that each of them is subjected to a disciplinary hearing.

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