Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been banned for 10 years for doping and refusing to co-operate with the investigation, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Friday.


The 33-year-old, sprinter, was expelled from the Tokyo Olympics last year before the women’s 100m semi-finals after testing positive for human growth hormone at an out-of-competition test in Slovakia on July 19.


She was handed a 5 year ban for the presence and use of prohibited substances and another 5 year ban for her refusal to co-operate with the investigation.

This was revealed by The Athletics Integrity Unit and Disciplinary Tribunal in their news broadcast.

The news red that The Disciplinary Tribunal has banned Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare for a total of 10 years,” read an AIU statement