Blessing Okagbare Receives an Extension of His One-Year Doping Ban

Updated: Jul 19

The AIU said on Monday that sprinter Blessing Okagbare from Nigeria had been given an additional one-year ban on top of her ten-year punishment for new offenses such as avoiding sample collection and tampering or attempting to tamper with doping control.

The Athletics Integrity Unit issued a 10-year suspension to Okagbare in February for doping in the run-up to the Tokyo Games and for refusing to assist with the investigation. Okagbare won silver in the long jump in the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

The 33-year-career old's was virtually ended by the ban.

Following Okagbare's discovery of more breaches on June 13, 2021—six days before she was scheduled to race in the event at the Olympic trials—Nigeria lost out on the chance to qualify for the women's 4100-meter relay at the world championships.

Okagbare did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"Over the years, we have observed time and time again how one person's actions negatively impact team members who have worked diligently and honestly to achieve their outcomes, "According to AIU Director Brett Clothier.

Nigeria has dropped a key qualification spot in this case. These are the guidelines, and we won't budge on honesty."

At the 2013 World Championships, she previously took home silver in the long jump and bronze in the 200 meters.

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