TOKYO 2020: Blessing Okagbare suspended for doping violation

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TOKYO 2020: Blessing Okagbare suspended for doping violation

BREAKING: Athletic Integrity Unit suspends Blessing Okagbare with immediate effect
TOKYO 2020: Blessing Okagbare suspended for doping violation

By Tony Ubani, Tokyo

Nigerian sprinter and 2008 Olympics long jump silver medallist Blessing Okagbare’s Tokyo Games ended abruptly on Saturday morning after she was provisionally suspended following a positive test for human growth hormone, the Athletics Integrity Unit said in a statement.

The 32-year-old, who has also won world championship medals in the 200m and the long jump and is competing in her fourth Olympics, had comfortably won her 100m heat in Tokyo on Friday with a time of 11.05 seconds, qualifying for Saturday’s semi-final.

She was also due to compete in the 200m as well as the 4X100m relay.

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“The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo,” the AIU said.

The unit said she tested positive in an out-of-competition test on July 19 and was informed of her suspension on Saturday.

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Source: Vanguard Newspaper