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Blessing Okagbare to Face Three More Doping Charges

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After three more doping cases surfaced against Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare, she is facing the possibility of a long term ban from athletics.

Earlier this year, Blessing Okagbare was slammed with a four-year ban and was also barred from participating in the Olympic 100-meter semifinals after a doping offence where she tested positive for banned substance recombinant erythropoietin (EPO).

According to the Athletics Integrity Unit, she is being charged with the presence and use of a prohibited substance following the detection of Human Growth Hormone in a sample collected out-of-competition on 19th July in Slovakia.

The Human Growth Hormone and Erythropoietin (EPO) are both prohibited on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, once such substances are found, the athlete should be provisionally suspended.

The AIU has also alleged that Blessing Okagbare has failed to cooperate with the investigations and produce relevant documents, records, and electronic storage devices, which was issued to the athlete by the AIU on 15th September.

Blessing Okagbare has denied all charges, and she is requesting that each of those charges should be submitted to a hearing before the Disciplinary Tribunal.

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