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_*ATHLETICS INTEGRITY UNIT (AIT) PRESS RELEASE…..JULY 31ST, 2021, MONACO:*

__*MS. BLESSING OKAGBARE* OF NIGERIA HAS BEEN PROVISIONALLY SUSPENDED *AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR HUMAN GROWTH HORMONE:*_

 _The Athletics Integrity Unit *(AIU)* has provisionally suspended *Blessing Okagbare* of Nigeria today with immediate effect after a sample collected from the sprinter tested positive for *Human Growth Hormone.*_

_*Growth Hormone* is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

__The *AIU* collected the sample from *Ms. Okagbare* during an out-of-competition test on 19 July, 2021. The *WADA-accredited laboratory* that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-day Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July, 2021._

_The athlete was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension this morning in Tokyo._

_She was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m this evening._

 _The AIU will make no further comment on this matter at this time._

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