The Athletics Integrity Unit announced Friday that they have issued Blessing Okagbare, the Nigerian sprinter a ten years ban for doping. According to Washington Post, the athlete was issued five years for using prohibited substances ahead of the Tokyo Olympics and another five for failing to cooperate with the AIU’s investigation.
“A ban of 10-year is a strong message against intentional and co-ordinated attempts to cheat at the very highest level of our sport,” AIU head Brett Clothier said in a statement announcing the ban. “This is an outcome that was driven by our intelligence-led target testing as well as our commitment to investigate the circumstances behind a positive test.”
A ten years ban actually means the end of her career as she’s already 33.
The ban has sparked a lot of reactions online as some people believe the move is too harsh as it will end her career. Some people have outlined how other athletes who are not blacks have tested positive for doping but not given that number of years.
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