Blessing Okagbare gave a positive doping test in July.
Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare was excluded from the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday due to a positive doping pattern, news agencies AFP and Reuters report.
Okagbare, 32, had time to compete in Tokyo on Friday in the women’s 100m preliminaries. He was the fastest of the batch with a time of 11.05. For Saturday’s semi-finals, he no longer has a case.
According to the AIU, the ethics oversight body of the International Athletics Federation, Okagbare was caught using growth hormone. The out-of-competition test was conducted on July 19, and its result was confirmed on Friday, July 30.
Okagbare is a multiple value medalist for express travel and long jump. He has achieved a long jump in Olympic silver in Beijing in 2008 and World Championship silver in Moscow in 2013. In Moscow, Okagbare also pinked the 200-meter World Championship bronze.
The Okagbaren doping cart underscores the doping problem in Nigerian athletics.
The AIU said Thursday that ten Nigerian athletes had been barred from participating in the Olympics due to problems with out-of-competition tests.