Sprinter Blessing Okagbare banned for 10 years

Sprinter Blessing Okagbare banned for 10 years

Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been handed a 10-year ban for doping violations.

Okagbare was suspended after been tested positive for human growth hormone on 31th July during 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Okagbare was a medal contender for the women’s 100m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after an impressive run of form.

She ran a wind-assisted 10.63 seconds at the Nigerian trials in June, before winning her heat in Tokyo in 11.05.

The 33-year-old has been handed five years for the presence and use of multiple prohibited substances and five years for her refusal to co-operate with the AIU’s investigation into her case.

She’s an Olympic silver medalist in the long jump in Beijing 2008 and World Championship silver medalist at Moscow 2013, she also holds the Commonwealth Games record of 10.85 in the women’s 100m from Glasgow 2014.