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Blessing Okagbare Reacts To The 10-year Ban

Nigeria’s sensational sprinter Blessing Okagbare has reacted to the 10-year ban imposed on her by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

Five years are for the use of multiple prohibited substances and another five years for her reported refusal to cooperate with Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

In a statement released by the AIU of a ruling by the Disciplinary Tribunal of the AIU, which we reported on Friday, the AIU said the sole arbitrator adjudicating the case concluded that Okagbare was guilty of (i) “use of multiple (two) prohibited substances”, and (ii) for “refusal to co-operate with the AIU’s investigation into her case”.

In its ruling, the Disciplinary Tribunal ruled, that “The Disciplinary Tribunal has banned Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare for a total of 10 years, five years for the presence and use of multiple prohibited substances and five years for her refusal to co-operate with the AIU’s investigation into her case.”

They further stated, that, “The sole arbitrator adjudicating the case concluded that the athlete’s use of multiple prohibited substances as part of an organised doping regimen in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic Games was egregious conduct that amounted to aggravating circumstances under the Rules thereby warranting an additional period of ineligibility on top of the standard four-year sanction”.

“My attention has been drawn to the statement issued by the AIU regarding its disciplinary panel decision. My lawyers are currently studying it for our next line of action which we will inform you soon.”, she wrote on her Twitter page.

 

Read the full ruling here.

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