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First doping case at the Olympics: medal favorite suspended before the competition - not an isolated case?

2021-07-31T10:13:16.995Z

The athlete Blessing Okagbare is responsible for the first doping case at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. The sprinter has already commented on the allegations.



The athlete Blessing Okagbare is responsible for the first doping case at the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.

The sprinter has already commented on the allegations.

Tokyo - This could be the first big doping scandal at the Olympic Games in Tokyo *.

The Nigerian top sprinter Blessing Okagbare was found to have a banned substance in a sample.

During her preparations for the 100-meter final, the athlete * was presented with the result of her doping test; the B-test could now confirm the result.

Olympia 2021: First doping scandal at the summer games - sample from Nigerian sprinter positive

The 32-year-old co-favorite was banned for the time being after her positive doping test just a few hours before the decisive 100-meter run.

This was announced by the independent Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the World Athletics Federation.

Okagbare was therefore suspended "after a sample taken from the sprinter turned out positive for growth hormone".

The growth hormone, which is abbreviated as HGH, is mostly combined with EPO or steroids to trigger various effects.

These include fat reduction and increasing muscle mass, but the effect of the agent is scientifically controversial.

Nevertheless, HGH is one of the questionable means, also because it is difficult to detect.

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However, the drug was taken before the games, as the sample was taken during a training check on July 19.

The result was only available on Friday evening, Tokyo time, which is why Okagbare started the 100-meter run at noon and won it with 11.05 seconds.

Olympia 2021: Sprinter Okagbare, apparently convicted of doping, belongs to the top

The athlete, who was second in the long jump at the 2008 Olympics, is one of the world's top athletes and was one of the favorites at 100 meters.

In June she ran 10.63 seconds with a light tail wind - only world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner was faster.

There are indications that this is not an isolated incident. The AIU refused to allow ten Nigerian athletes to start the Olympics * because they had not undergone a test program before the Games. Thus, the West African country could become a problem after Russia and Kenya. "The sports system in Nigeria is inadequate, and we athletes always end up with the damage," wrote Okagbare on Twitter on Thursday.

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Source: merkur

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