Nigerian Sprinter Blessing Okagbare Ban For 10-Years For Breaching Anti-Doping Rules

Guinness World Record Holder, Blessing Okagbare has been banned for ten years for “multiple breaches of anti-doping rules” according to a statement released by The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

Okagbare tested positive for blood-booster EPO in Nigeria in June, in addition to another failed test for human growth hormone in Slovakia in July. She received a five-year ban by the AIU for the presence and use of multiple prohibited substances, her suspension was doubled for refusing to cooperate with the investigation.

“A ban of 10 years is a strong message against intentional and coordinated attempts to cheat at the very highest level of our sport,” AIU head Brett Clothier said. “This is an outcome that was driven by our intelligence-led target testing as well as our commitment to investigate the circumstances behind a positive test.”

Okagbare released a statement on social media shortly after the ban was announced; “My attention has been drawn to the statement issued by the AIU regarding its disciplinary panel decision. My lawyers are currently studying it for our next line of action which we will inform you soon.”

She won a silver medal in the long jump at the 2008 Olympics and also the world championship medals in the 200m and long jump. She now has 30 days to appeal against the AIU’s disciplinary tribunal’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

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