According to the Athletics Integrity Unit, the African sprinter has detected "growth hormone" in a doping test before her participation in Tokyo 2020.
In the last hours, a news item generated a commotion in the Olympic world. From Nigeria, athlete Blessing Okagbare was expelled from the Olympics after being the first confirmed doping case in Tokyo 2020. This was confirmed by the Athletics Integrity Unit, which indicated that the African sprinter was detected as "growth hormone" in control before the start of the appointment in the capital of Japan.
Through a statement, the AIU confirmed the exclusion of the Nigerian from the 100-meter test. "The AIU provisionally suspended Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare, effective immediately after an out-of-competition sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for human growth hormone, a banned substance on the WADA 2021 Banned List," the official said. Report that the entity published on its Twitter account.
Furthermore, in the report, the Athletics Integrity Unit confirmed that the sample was taken before starting the Olympic process from the Nigerian athlete. "The AIU collected Ms. Okagbare's sample during an out-of-competition test on July 19. The WADA-accredited laboratory that analyzed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analysis. The discovery was at noon, Central European Time, this Friday, July 30. As a result, the athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo, "the statement added.
After winning her series with a time of 11.05 seconds, Blessing Okagbare was on the list of the runners who would participate in the semifinal one that will be played this Saturday at 7.15 pm (Japan time), whose final is scheduled for 21.50 in Japanese territory. Instead, the Nigerian arrived in Tokyo 2020 with the seventh-best mark of the season - she registered 10.89 on July 6. In Beijing 2008, the Nigerian became Olympic runner-up in the long jump.
It is important to note that the Nigerian sprinter is part of a very high-level group based in Florida, United States, which trains under the tutelage of the American coach Rana Reider, who in turn is in charge of fine-tuning several of the Favorites for the men's 100m event such as the American Trayvon Bromell and the Canadian Andre de Grasse.
A few hours ago, Nigerian athletics suffered a severe blow when 10 of its 23 athletes selected for the Olympic Games were banned from participating in different events due to failing to comply with the standards of anti-doping controls outside of competition. The African country is one of the countries considered "high risk" by the AIU, and that is why it must submit to additional obligations to pass the necessary tests and compete.
"The sports system in Nigeria is flawed, and we athletes are always the collateral victims," said Okagbare after learning that several of his compatriots were dropped from the competition.