Tokyo Olympics: Nigeria sprinter Blessing Okagbare out of Games after failed drugs test

Last update on. From the section Olympics Okagbare competed in the Olympic 100m heats, before being suspended Sprinter Blessing Okagbare has been suspended after failing a drug test and is now out of the Tokyo Olympics. The Nigerian, who was a rival of Dina Asher Smith in Great Britain, had won her 100m heat Friday and was scheduled to race in Saturday's semi-finals. After an out-of competition test on 19 July, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), reported that the 32-year old had tested positive for human growth hormone. According to the AIU, Okagbare's external-link suspension was notified on Saturday. It stated that it would not make any comment at this point. Okagbare was the Olympic long jump silver medallist from Beijing 2008 and had run 11.05 seconds in her 100m heat. She was scheduled to face Asher-Smith in the first semifinal and Elaine Thompson-Herath from Jamaica. This news comes just two days after 10 other Nigerian athletes were ruled ineligible to participate in the Games. They were disqualified from participating in the Olympics because they failed to comply with the out-of-competition drug screening requirements.