Nigerian top rated athlete, Blessing Okagbare, has been “provisionally” suspended for doping on Saturday.

The Athletics Integrity Device created this acknowledged in a press assertion, saying that the 32-calendar year-outdated Nigerian athlete examined optimistic for a banned material – human development hormone.

The ant-doping physique explained Okagbare analyzed optimistic for the prohibited substance in an out-of-competitors exam on July 19 – 4 times right before the Olympics opened.

The effects of that examination have been only gained by track and field’s anti-doping overall body late Friday soon after Okagbare, who gained her heat in 11.05seconds, capable for the semifinals of women’s 100m race at the Olympics

With the suspension, Okagbare will no for a longer time contend at the Tokyo Olympics.

The statement go through, “The Athletics Integrity Device (AIU) has provisionally suspended Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria today with quick impact immediately after a sample gathered from the sprinter examined constructive for human Growth Hormone.

“Growth Hormone is a non-specified compound on the 2021 Planet Anti-Doping Company (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory subsequent an adverse analytical finding for these material less than the Globe Athletics Anti-Doping Principles.

“The AIU collected the sample from Ms. Okagbare in the course of an out-of-competitiveness examination on 19 July. The WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-working day Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July.

“The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical acquiring and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo. She was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m this night.

“The AIU will make no further comment on this make a difference at this time.”

Yet another setback for Team Nigeria’s medal search

Okagbare is a single of Nigeria’s brightest probabilities of a medal at the Tokyo Olympics and the state is nevertheless in research of medal eight times following the competitiveness started out.

Okagbare and Grace Nwokocha were being predicted to encounter overwhelming responsibilities of reaching the closing of the women’s 100m at the ongoing Tokyo Olympics on Saturday.

Nwokocha concluded third with a new personal very best of 11.00secs behind Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is aiming to develop into the first girl to acquire a few Olympic 100m gold medals.

She won the warmth with an remarkable 10.84secs, with Switzerland’s Ajia Del Fonte positioning next with 10.91secs.

Okagbare was anticipated to run in her third semi-final given that she created her debut in the celebration at the 2012 Olympics in London, has been drawn in lane 5 of the to start with semi-closing warmth towards defending champion Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica, who ran 10.82 seconds to get her very first-spherical warmth and Wonderful Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith.

Nwokocha, 20, on her part has been drawn to operate from lane nine in the 3rd semi-last heat, with the quickest girl alive, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, Daryl Neita of Terrific Britain, Teahna Daniels of the Usa and fellow African, Muriel Ahoure of Ivory Coastline.

Okagbare reacts right after 10 Nigerian athletes disqualification

Okagbare’s suspension is coming about 48 several hours just after the disqualification of 10 Nigerian athletes from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics for not assembly the minimal tests prerequisites under Rule 15 governing the Countrywide Anti-Doping Federation.

The PUNCH experienced noted that Jumper Ruth Usoro, sprinter Favour Ofili and 8 other Nigerian athletes have been on Wednesday disqualified from the monitor and field events of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games.

Aside Usoro and Ofili, other individuals influenced were being Chioma Onyekwere (discus), Annette Echikunwoke (hammer), Chidi Okezie (4X400m mixed relays), Information Omovoh (4x100m ladies), Rosemary Chukwuma (100m), Glory Patrick (4X400m combined relays), Yinka Ajayi (4X400m mixed relays) and Tima Godless (4X100m relays).

Reacting, Okagbare experienced said that the sport program in Nigeria is flawed and that athletes are always at the receiving stop of the damages.

Lamenting that athletes are getting neglected, Okagbare famous that these who are not passionate about athletics must not tackle the administrative positions.

She stated, “I have reported it in advance of and I will say it again. If you do not know the activity, not passionate about it/us (the athletes), then you have no company there as an administrator. The sport method in Nigeria is so flawed and we athletes are normally at the obtaining conclude of the damages.

“They ended up hectic preventing more than electricity, working out their pride over puma contract/kits forgetting their important responsibility “THE ATHLETES”. It’s unhappy that this cycle keeps repeating its self and some people will occur out to say I am arrogant for speaking my reality. It is my Job.”