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Olympics, Athlé (F): Nigerian sprinter Okagbare suspended for doping on the day of the 100m final


Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare, one of the underdogs for Saturday's 100m final, has been suspended for doping after testing positive for growth hormone.

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

“high risk”

by the IAU and ahead. submit to additional obligations.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-07-31

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