Blessing Okagbare tests positive for human growth hormone, suspendedFriday, July 30, 2021
MONACO — Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Friday with immediate effect after a sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for human growth hormone.
Growth hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.
The AIU collected the sample from Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on July 19. The WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-day Central European Time Friday.
The athlete was later notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension in Tokyo.
Okagbare was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women's 100m on Saturday.
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