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  • Updated: June 28, 2022

Okagbare's Additional Ban Affects Nigeria's 4x100m Team For World Championship

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has further found that already-banned sprinter Blessing Okagbare guilty of additional anti-doping rule violations and will affect Nigeria's 4x100m squad’s qualifying team for World Championships.

According to a statement on the website of AIU, the violations were specifically evading sample collection and tampering or attempted tampering with the doping control process.

”While Okagbare has had her current 10-year ban from athletics extended by one year (now 11 years in total), another significant consequence of this decision against her is that Nigeria has lost its potential qualification place for the women’s 4x100m relay at the next month’s World Athletics Championships Oregon22.

”This is because six days after Okagbare evaded sample collection (June 13, 2022), she competed in the 4x100m relay event at the Nigeria Olympic Trials, with her relay squad qualifying for this year’s World Championships.

”All individual and relay results involving Okagbare, from 13 June 2022, are now disqualified under the rules,” the statement read in part.

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