The Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU, has added an extra one year to the 10 year ban imposed on Nigerian sprinter, Blessing Okagbare. The addition time was announced by the agency for alleged additional doping violations.
Having bagged an original decade long ban for what it termed ‘multiple breaches of anti-doping rules’ the AIU is upping the ban by an extra 12 months for “evading sample collection, and tampering or attempted tampering with the doping control process”
The fate of Okagbare’s multiple ban, who was equally suspended during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after failing a drug test, is that Nigeria stands the risk of for the women’s 4x100m relay in July’s World Championships, holding in Oregon, the US.
It would be recalled that she competed in the relay event at Nigeria’s Olympic trials and helped her team to qualify for the World Championships. The implication of the ban is that all results involving her stand disqualified.
“Over the years, we have repeatedly seen how one person’s actions adversely affect team-mates who have trained hard and worked honestly for their results.
“In this instance, Nigeria has lost an important qualification spot. Those are the rules and we will not compromise on integrity,” AIU head, but Brett Clothier said.