Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare has hinted that she will appeal the 10-year ban handed down to her by the Athletics Integrity Unit Disciplinary Tribunal for doping, reports Sunday PUNCH.

The IAU, in a statement on Friday, said that after the completion of investigations, it had come to the conclusion that the 33-year-old had taken several banned substances,

Okagbare has been provisionally suspended from the Olympics after her blood samples came back positive for a banned substance – human growth hormone, which caused her to miss the 100 meter semi-final at the Tokyo Olympics.

The AIU had revealed that she had tested positive for the banned substance during an out-of-competition test on July 19, 2021.

But on Friday, his 10-year ban was upheld by the court.

“The Disciplinary Tribunal banned Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare for a total of 10 years, five years for the presence and use of multiple banned substances and five years for her refusal to cooperate with the IAU investigation into her case “, part of the statement read.

Reacting to news of the ban, Okagbare said in a Twitter post that his lawyers had been briefed and were currently studying the document to determine their next course of action.

“My attention has been drawn to the statement issued by the IAU regarding the decision of its Disciplinary Committee. My lawyers are currently reviewing it for our next line of action which we will inform you of shortly.

Okagbare, a famous Nigerian sprinter won an Olympic bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the long jump event.

She also had reasonable success in sprints.

Okagbare, according to the IAU, has 30 days to appeal the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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