Blessing The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAFintegrity) has accused Okagbare, Nigeria’s most successful female athlete, of failing two drug tests and refusing to cooperate with investigations into her suspected doping.
After a Growth Hormone was detected in her system during an out-of-competition test in June 2021, just before the semifinals of the women’s 100m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in August 2021, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) excluded Okagbare from the games.
“The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has issued charges against Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare in relation to three separate disciplinary matters,” the AIU said.
The AIU reported on Thursday, October 7 that recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) was discovered following another test in July, in addition to testing positive for a Growth Hormone, another banned drug.
The two failed drug tests are part of Okagbare’s three new accusations, with her third offence now being her refusal to assist with the investigations into her two failed tests.
“Specifically, it is alleged that the athlete failed to comply with a formal requirement to produce relevant documents, records and electronic storage devices, which was issued to the athlete by the AIU on September 15,”
Okagbare, 32, is the face of women’s sports in Nigeria, having won medals in the long jump at both the Olympic and World Championships, as well as a world gold in the 200 metres. She also owns the Commonwealth Games record for the quickest time in the Women’s 100 metres, with a timing of 10.85 seconds.
The Delta State native, on the other hand, has rejected all accusations and demanded that each of them is heard by the Disciplinary Tribunal.