Blessing Okagbare has been provisionally suspended for the remainder of the season by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after a sample of his was found to contain human growth hormone.
World Athletics’ independent integrity body, the AIU, announced this in a statement on Saturday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), growth hormones are on the 2021 Prohibited List of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
According to the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding of such substance.
On July 19, the AIU collected the sample from Okagbare during an out-of-competition test.
At midday Central European Time on Friday, the WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding.
In Tokyo, the AIU informed the athlete of the adverse analytical finding and her provisional suspension.
Saturday evening, she was scheduled to compete in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m.
At this time, the AIU will not comment further on the matter.
On Friday, Okagbare won her 100m heat in 11.05 seconds to qualify for Saturday’s semi-finals at the Tokyo Olympics.
Additionally, she was scheduled to run the 200m as well as the 4x100m relay.
At the Beijing Olympics, the 32-year-old won silver in the long jump.
In 2013, she won silver in the long jump and bronze in the 100m at the World Championships in Moscow, while she won the 100m/200m double at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, 2014.
This is her fourth Olympics for Nigeria. (NAN)