Athletics Integrity Unit Ban Blessing Okagbare for 10 years

Athletics Integrity Unit Ban Blessing Okagbare for 10 years


Nigeria’s Sprinter, Blessing Okagbare has been banned for 10 years after she breached multi anti-doping guidelines on the simply concluded 2020 Tokyo Olympic Video games.

Blessing Okagbare
Blessing Okagbare

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The information was confirmed in an announcement launched by the Athletics Integrity Unit on Friday, February 18th, 2022. She was issued a five-year ban for the presence and use of a number of prohibited substances and one other 5 years gor her refusal to company with the physique’s investigation of her case.

The 33-year-old was banned from the video games earlier than the ladies’s 100 meters semi-final after testing optimistic for human development hormone at an out-of-competition take a look at in Slovakia on July nineteenth, 2021.

Why Blessing Okagbare is Banned?

The AIU stated it’s working intently with USADA “to comply with developments within the matter (the legal investigation),” relating to Lira and the ‘sole arbitrator’ that labored on her doping case had recognized Okagbare as ‘Athlete 1’.

“On 12 January 2022, the US Legal professional’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York introduced the unsealing of a primary legal cost below the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act towards Eric Lira, a US based mostly “naturopathic” therapist, who’s alleged to have provided performance-enhancing medication to athletes earlier than the Tokyo Olympic Video games.

“The only arbitrator concluded that Athlete 1 named within the legal grievance is Blessing Okagbare.”

The indictment included encrypted correspondence from Okagbare — recognized solely as “Athlete 1” — and Lira the place the Nigerian testifies to the effectiveness of the substances following Olympic trials in Lagos on June 17, the place she clocked a wind-assisted 10.63sec within the 100m.

The Name between Okagbare and Eric

“Hola amigo / Eric my physique really feel so good / I simply ran 10.63 within the 100m on Friday / with a 2.7 wind / I’m sooooo blissful / Ericccccccc / No matter you probably did, is working so properly,” Okagbare wrote.

In a later message, Lira stated Okagbare was poised to “dominate” in Tokyo.

“What you probably did . . . goes that will help you for the upcoming occasions,” Lira wrote. “You’re doing all your half and you’ll be able to dominate.”

The indictment additionally included particulars of additional exchanges between Okagbare and Lira after she is knowledgeable of her optimistic take a look at.

Name me urgently. . . [t]hey stated one in all my outcome got here out optimistic on HGH . . . I don’t perceive,” Okagbare wrote.



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