Nigerian sprinter banned for 10 years for ‘multiple’ anti-doping breaches

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been given a 10-year ban for “multiple breaches of anti-doping rules”.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said the 33-year-old has been banned for five years for using multiple banned substances and five years for failing to cooperate with the investigation.
Okagbare was suspended during the Tokyo Olympics after failing a drug test.
Brett Clothier, head of the AIU, said a 10-year ban sent “a strong message against fraud attempts”.

Okagbare won a silver medal in the long jump at the 2008 Olympics and also won World Championship medals in the 200m and the long jump.
Last year, she claimed a medal in the women’s 100m in Tokyo and won her heat in 11.05 seconds.
But she was eliminated from the semi-finals after AIU revealed she tested positive for human growth hormone after an out-of-competition test on July 19.

In October, Okagbare was charged with three anti-doping offences, which she denied.

Okagbare has 30 days to appeal against the AIU’s disciplinary tribunal’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).