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Athletics Integrity Unit announces three charges against Nigeria’s Okagbare

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has announced three different charges against Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare.

Two of the charges are related to testing positive for prohibited substances and one for not cooperating with an investigation.

The Beijing 2008 Olympic silver medalist tested positive for human growth hormone (HGH) and was stopped from competing at Tokyo 2020 after an out-of-competition sample collected on July 19.

Okagbare was provisionally suspended after that offense on July 30, the day she was supposed to compete in the semifinals of the women’s 100 meters.

The second charge against the 33-year-old is in connection with the presence of another prohibited substance in a sample.

An out-of-competition sample collected on June 20 returned a positive result for recombinant erythropoietin (EPO) following an AIU request for EPO analysis to be carried out.

The AIU’s last charge against Okagbare is because of her alleged refusal to cooperate with its investigation.

Okagbare, a multi-time African champion, won silver in the long jump at Beijing 2008 but has largely specialized in the sprints since.

She is a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist, having won the women’s 100m and 200m events at Glasgow 2014.

Okagbare also won a long jump silver and 200m bronze at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.