Nigerian female 100m medal hopeful at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games – Blessing Okagbare has provisionally been suspended following a positive drugs test for Human Growth Hormone [HGH].

The 2014 Commonwealth Games 100m and 200m champion has run 10.89 for 100m on the eve of the Games in Hungary and a wind-assisted 10.63 to win the Nigerian 100m trials on June 17, 2021.

She followed it up with an easy win in the Tokyo Olympics having clocked 11.05 seconds to win her race on Friday. However she will now miss today’s 100m semi-finals and final as she has been charged after testing positive in an out-of-competition test on July 19.

The Athletics Integrity Unit [AIU] said in a statement:

“Growth Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA] Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

“The AIU collected the sample from Ms Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on 19 July. The WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-day Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July.

“The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo. She was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m this evening.”