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Nigeria Blessing Okagbare introduces 10-year doping ban for ‘repeated violations’

Blessing Okagbare, silver medalist in the long jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, was banned for 10 years after testing positive for both EPO and human growth hormone last year.

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Nigerian track and field athlete Blessing Okagbare has been handed a 10-year ban for “repeated violations of anti-doping rules”.

The 33-year-old competed in the long jump and sprint and was initially suspended for Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for a human growth hormone following an out-of-competition test on July 19 last year.

Additionally, Okagbare tested positive for the blood enhancer EPO, another banned drug, in Nigeria last June, and was also charged with failing to cooperate with the Integrity Unit investigation. Athletics.

She has now been banned from the sport for 10 years, with the AIU imposing a five-year ban for “presence and use of multiple banned substances” and another five years for her refusal to cooperate.







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In a statement, Brett Clothier, head of the AIU, said: “We welcome the disciplinary panel’s decision; the 10-year ban is a strong message against intentional and concerted efforts to cheating at our highest level.sports.

“This is an outcome driven by intelligence-led targeted testing as well as our commitment to investigating the circumstances behind a positive trial.”

Victor Burgos, director of investigations for the US Anti-Doping Agency, wrote to the AIU in October and revealed that the FBI had taken pictures on Okagbare’s cell phone.

“I am aware that Ms. Okagbare’s mobile device contains text messages in which Ms. Okagbare discusses the procurement and use of human growth hormone and EPO,” Burgos wrote.

“The messages also indicated that Ms. Okagbare had purchased or attempted to procure banned substances for at least one other person, an athlete preparing for athletics and athletics competitions at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which is expected in July 2021.”

At the time of her first suspension last July, Okagbare was seen as a potential medal contender in the women’s 100m, winning hotly with a time of 11.05.







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She won the women’s long jump silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, being promoted from bronze after Russian athlete Tatyana Lebedeva tested positive for turinabol and was disqualified.

Okagbare also won two medals at the 2013 World Championships, a silver in the women’s long jump and a bronze in the women’s 200m.

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

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