Okagbare loses appeal against ban for doping

Blessing Okagbare

Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare has reportedly lost her appeal to upturn the suspension placed on her by World Athletics (WA) after failing an out-of-competition test.

Okagbare was disqualified from Tokyo Olympics Games on the eve of the semifinals of women’s 100m race after testing positive for human growth hormone.

The US-based runner appealed against the suspension, insisting on seeing the result of her B Sample.

An unnamed official close to WA, The Guardian reports, was quoted as saying that the Beijing 2008 Olympics medalist was allegedly handed four-year ban after the result of her B Sample came out with the same result.

“It is just unfortunate Blessing Okagbare found herself in this mess. When the result of her A Sample came out, Okagbare had the option of accepting it, which could have seen her ban reduced to two or three years, but she insisted on her B Sample. I pity her though, but WA wants all athletes to compete and win clean. Okagbare’s ban may elapse before the Paris 2024 Olympics,” the official stated.