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Track & Field News of Thursday, 14 October 2021


Blessing Okagbare may go to jail for allegedly doping

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare

Nigeria’s Blessing Okagbare is about to have her career ended on a sad note as a result of alleged doping.

However, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has expressed concern over reports that she might end up in jail for illegal drugs use.

Okagbare, who has been charged with three offenses by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), was suspended on the eve of her semifinal race at the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for a human growth hormone following an out-of-competition test on July 19.

The 32-year-old was said to have later tested positive for another banned substance, recombinant erythropoietin (EPO), which increases red blood cell count.

She has also been charged for not cooperating with the AIU’s investigation.

An official of the AFN told The Guardian, yesterday, that Okagbare might walk into more trouble following what he described as ‘ego problem.’