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Nigeria’s top runner and one of the best representing Nigeria at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics, Blessing Okagbere has been provisionally suspended from the games. This was contained in a release from the Athletics Integrity Unit of the world athletic body IAAF, saying the athlete failed a doping test with Human Growth Hormone found in her body. The athletic body says it collected samples from Ms. Okagbere during an ‘out-of-competition’ test on 19 July and the World Anti-Doping Agency laboratory that analyses the sample notified the AIU yesterday. Okagbere received the news of the test result this morning.

Just yesterday, Okagbere won Heat 6 of the 100 meters qualifier to move to the semi-finals of the 100 meters with a time of 11.05, thereby joining another Nigerian compatriot, Grace Nwokocha who is also already on the semi-finals runners list with a qualification time of 11.00.

The release from the Athletics Integrity Unit reads:

 

“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.

“The AIU collected the sample from Ms. Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on 19 July. The WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-day Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July.

“The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo. She was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m this evening.

“The AIU will make no further comment on this matter at this time,”

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