2008 Olympic vice-champion in the long jump, 32-year-old Okagbare was tested out of competition on July 19.
She is the first athlete declared positive during the Olympic period of the Tokyo Games.
“The Athletics Integrity Unit
has provisionally suspended Blessing Okagbare from Nigeria with immediate effect after a positive return to growth hormone from a sample
The IAU has taken the sample of Ms. Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on July 19, ”
wrote the IAU in a statement.
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Blessing Okagbare was on the starting list for the 100m semi-finals on Saturday (12:15 p.m. in France), having won her series on Friday in 11 sec 05. The Nigerian is the seventh best performer of the season on the straight line (10 sec 89 , July 6).
On Thursday, Nigeria had seen ten of its 23 athletes selected for the Games failed because they had failed to meet standards for out-of-competition doping controls, with Nigeria among the countries classified as
by the IAU and ahead. submit to additional obligations.