After failing a drug test, Blessing Okagbare was barred from competing in the women’s 100m at the Tokyo Olympics.
On Friday, Blessing Okagbare took first place in her women’s 100m heats.
After failing a drugs test, Blessing Okagbare has been barred from competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Following a test on July 19, the Nigerian sprinter tested positive for a “human growth hormone.”
Okagbare’s suspension was confirmed late last night by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which means she will not compete in the women’s 100m semi-finals later today.
“After a sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for human Growth Hormone today, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria with immediate effect,” the statement stated.
“Growth Hormone is a non-specified drug on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List for 2021, and an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules requires a provisional suspension.
“On July 19, the AIU took a sample from Ms. Okagbare during an out-of-competition test.
“At midday Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July, the WADA-accredited laboratory that analyzed the sample alerted the AIU of the adverse analytical finding.
“This morning in Tokyo, the athlete was informed of the negative analytical finding and her provisional ban. This evening, she was supposed to compete in the women’s 100m semi-finals.
“At this point, the AIU will make no further comment on this matter.”
Okagbare had won her women’s 100m heat on Friday and was widely regarded as a medal possibility.
She was supposed to compete in the same semi-final as Dina Asher-Smith and Elaine Thompson-Herath of Jamaica.
In the first women’s 100m semi-final, there will most likely be an empty block.
On the track, Asher-Smith has been dubbed “Team GB’s golden girl” and has a chance to win three medals.
The 100m will be the first event, despite the fact that she only managed the joint-11th quickest time in the heats.
However, the Blackheath & Bromley track star is unfazed as she prepares for the semi-finals, saying she still has more to give.
Asher-Smith admitted, “I do have another level – of course I do, it’s the Olympics.”
“To be honest, today was all about getting to the next round safely but still knowing that I have another level to give tomorrow, so I’m extremely delighted.
“You’re attempting to go out and do well. You love a packed stadium as an athlete.”Brinkwire Summary News”.