Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare reportedly faces 4-year ban for taking a banned substance

It has gotten worse for Nigeria's own Blessing Okagbare.

Blessing Okagbare has lost out of the race to final at the 100m women

Nigerian athlete Blessing Okagbare has reportedly been banned for four years after failing in her unsuccessful appeal over a suspension for taking a banned substance.

Okagbare was suspended from the 2020 Olympic Games after testing positive for a Growth Hormone from a sample collected from her during an out-of-competition test in July 2021.

The sprinter had won her heat and qualified into the 100meters semi-final of the Olympics before The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), a unit of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) founded to combat doping in athletics, announced her suspension.

According to the Guardian, the 32-year-old went on to appeal her suspension and requested to see the result of her B Sample.

The report states that the sample returned another positive result.

A source in the report revealed that the Delta State-born athlete had been banned for four years.

Before her appeal, the source stated that Okagabre would have gotten away with just a two to three-year ban.

No official statement has been made to Okagbare's status in the sports.

The 32-year-old is the leading face of women sports in Nigeria.

She is an Olympic and World Championships medalist in the long jump and a world medalist in the 200 meters. She also holds the Women's 100 meters Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds.

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