Blessing Okagbare breaks silence on 10-year ban over Doping.
Written by News Room on February 20, 2022
Nigerian Sprinter, Blessing Okagbare has reacted to the 10-year ban slammed on her by the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Athletics Integrity Unit.
After being on suspension for over seven months with no clear direction on how her doping case will be adjudicated, the AIU finally came hard on Okagbare with an unprecedented 10-year ban on a first-time offender.
It now appears that Okagbare may be challenging this lengthy ban as she hinted her lawyers are already studying the AIU decision ahead of their next line of action written on her Facebook page.
The AIU in a statement issued on Friday explained why Okagbare was severely punished with a 10-year ban instead of the 4-year ban which most times is the maximum punishment often meted out to erring athletes.
According to standard practises, the athlete has the right to appeal against the Disciplinary Tribunal’s decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 30-days.