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Nigeria sprint Queen, Blessing Okagbare-Otegheri has been charged with use of Human Growth Hormone, EPO and refusal to co-operate with investigation by the Athletics Integrity Unit [AIU].

The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist [Okagbare] who competed at the Tokyo Olympics in the women’s 100m heats before being provisionally suspended, is facing fresh charges from AIU.

The @aiu_athletics have charged Blessing Okagbare on three counts:

– Presence of Human Growth Hormone on July 19

– Presence of EPO on June 20

– Refusal to cooperate with the investigation

The use of HGH was found in an out-of-competition sample collected on July 19 before it was reported to the AIU on July 30, the day upon which Okagbare won her 100m heat at the Olympics. She was then provisionally suspended one day after that race and forced to fly home from Tokyo.

In addition, EPO – also known as Erythropoietin – was found in another of the Nigerian’s out-of-competition samples, on June 20. Two days earlier, Okagbare had run a wind-assisted 10.63 for 100m in Lagos.

According to the AIU, Okagbare “failed to comply with a formal requirement to produce relevant documents, records and electronic storage requirements by September 15”

Meanwhile, the Delta State [Sapele] born sprinter has denied all charges and has requested a Disciplinary Tribunal.

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