Nigerian athlete, Blessing Okagbare has reportedly been suspended by the Athletic Integrity Unit, AIU, in the ongoing Tokyo 2021 Olympics, with immediate effect.
Blessing Okagbare had on Friday qualified for the semi-finals of the Women’s 100m race and she would have participated in this Saturday evening.
But with AIU`s announcement, her participation in the ongoing global sporting fiesta may have ended. AIU revealed that an out-of-competition sample from Okagbare tested positive for human growth hormone.
“The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria today with immediate effect after a sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for human Growth Hormone.
Growth Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.
See reactions from Nigerians below;
This is very sad. I was rooting for her after qualifying for the semi finals. This year’s Olympic games has to be the worst outcome for Team Nigeria
What was she thinking . Japanese are 20 years ahead of the rest of the world in terms of electronic technology. I believe other Nigerian athletes deliberately skipped testing in other to avoid getting kicked out.
They didn’t take this tests before leaving home or they just realized it now after she spoke for other about their suspension? Which one is it?
Africans are been targeted the laboratories is now the track and field for those of you who think this was a dope test