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Doping scandal: Nigeria’s Okagbare

The Olympics in Tokyo are attended by not only ordinary athletes but also some that are unique. For example, Blessing Okagbare is a track and field athlete from Nigeria who was second place in the Beijing Games. She also won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, African Championships and World Relay.

There have been setbacks where she has not been lucky on many occasions. In the recent Doha 2019 Worlds, she didn’t start running at all: disqualified during preliminaries for breaking a rule.

Track and field athlete Okagbare

Okagbare, a track and field athlete from Nigeria, has seen this year as a new chapter in her career. She has set personal bests at Diamond League events, but unfortunately had to scratch from the Olympic qualifying race due to strong winds.

Jamaica’s Shelley-Anne Fraser-Price won gold. The seconds didn’t raise any issues to the referees.

In Tokyo, Okagbare won her preliminary heat at the Olympics. She could have made the final in Tokyo as intriguing as possible, given that American Sha’Karri Richardson, on whom all bets had been placed, had tested positive for marijuana in Eugene. Except this is not going to happen. The athlete will not be seen at the start of the semi-finals: the independent anti-doping authority for athletics has published information that Blessing’s sample from July 19 contained traces of synthetic growth hormone.

How it happened

The important thing here is that growth hormone is only an injection and nothing else. Athletes like to use it because it really makes people stronger. It helped the Nigerian woman get a better performance, but she got her dose in the United States, where she has been training for over 10 years.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Women’s 100m – Round 1 – OLS – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – July 30, 2021. Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria reacts after winning Heat 6 REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

The first doping case in Tokyo

The first doping incident in Tokyo happened at the very beginning of the week, before the start of a triathlon competition. It was found out that Yulia Yelistratova from Ukraine had failed a drug test on June 5th and was suspended from the competition. She had tested positive for EPO.

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