Tokyo Olympics: Blessing Okagbare suspended after failing a drug test

Tokyo Olympics: Blessing Okagbare suspended after failing a drug test

Blessing Okagbare, a Nigerian athlete has been conditionally suspended after she fell a drug test at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Friday, July 30.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the independent body created by the World Athletics that runs all sincerity issues for the sport, announced the decision. According to them, Okagbare tested positive for Human Growth Hormone.

“Growth Hormone according to them is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. A provisional suspension is compulsory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

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

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

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