The 2008 Beijing Silver Olympic medalist Blessing Okagbare, who two days ago was banned for 10 years by Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for alleged multiple breaches of anti-doping rules, has hired lawyers who are studying the case for the next course of action.
Okagbare, through her Instagram social media handle @itsblessingokagbare on Saturday said,
“My attention has been drawn to the statement issued by the AIU regarding its disciplinary panel’s decision. My lawyers are currently studying it for our next line of action which we will inform you soon,” she wrote.
The AIU, banned the athlete for use of prohibited substances and refusal to cooperate with the Unit’s investigation.
The 34 year-old was provisionally suspended on July 31, 2021, on the day she had been scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the Tokyo 2020 women’s 100m.
The AIU, on October. 7, 2021, issued charges against Okagbare in relation to separate disciplinary matters.
The first case was, for the presence and use of multiple (two) prohibited substances (human Growth Hormone (hGH) and recombinant erythropoietin (EPO)) for which Ms Okagbare had been provisionally suspended on 31 July 2021.
The second offence was her refusal to co-operate with with the AIU’s investigation into her case which is against the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rule 12.