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#TokyoGoldRush | Okagbare tests positive for Human Growth Hormone

Published:Friday | July 30, 2021 | 8:44 PM
Blessing Okagbare, of Nigeria, wins a heat in the Women's 100m sprint at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Friday.
Blessing Okagbare, of Nigeria, wins a heat in the Women's 100m sprint at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Friday.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare with immediate effect on Friday after a sample collected from her 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 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 on Friday.

AIU says Okagbare 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 on Saturday morning (Jamaica time).

The AIU says it will make no further comment on this matter at this time.

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