The Nigeria female runner blessing Okagbare is out of the Tokyo Olympics after being handed a provisional doping ban on the day of her 100 metres semi-final.
The AIU informed Okagbare of her suspension on Saturday morning, it said, ruling her out of the 100 metres and likely ending her Olympic campaign.
Okagbare who is the reigning Nigerian record holder in both the 100m and 200m finished first in her heat in 11.05 seconds to advance to the semi-final before she was barred from the Olympics after failing a drug test.Unfortunately Nigeria has lead in the first doping case of the Tokyo games track and field competition I.e okay are is the first to be ban at the olympic 2021
Earlier Blessing Okagbare and Grace Nwokocha qualified for the semifinals on friday ,where Okagbare finished 100m first heat with a record of 11.05 seconds to beat Britain’s Asha Philip and Tynia While Nwokocha finished third with a personal best of 11.00 seconds, becoming the fifth-fastest Nigerian woman in history.
Nwokocha was pitched against the legendary Jamaican and current world fastest female sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica in heat 5.
Unfortunately in an out-of-competition test on 19 July . The Athletics Integrity Unit said in a statement that Okagbare, who won her opening heat of the women’s 100m on Friday, had tested positive for human growth hormone.
Okagbare’s suspension is the latest twist in a troubled track and field campaign at the Olympics for Nigeria.
On Thursday, the AIU said 10 Nigerian athletes were among 18 competitors prevented from entering the competition in Tokyo after failing to meet requirements for out-of-competition testing.