Nigerian sprinter Divine Oduduru suspended for doping, risks six-year ban

Divine Oduduru, Nigeria’s national record holder in the 200m, has been suspended from competition indefinitely by the Athletics Integrity Unit for two anti-doping violations, glamsquad reports 


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The sprinter, 26, joins Blessing Okagbare on the list of athletes identified as Lira collaborators. Lira was charged with supplying performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing in the Tokyo Olympics.


Oduduru has been charged with?possession and/or use or attempted use of multiple prohibited substances,? and faces a six-year ban.



This comes about a year after a similar case resulted in an 11-year ban for former national team captain Blessing Okagbare.



The AIU has linked Oduduru to Okagbare’s misdemeanor, which is said to have occurred just before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in 2021, with more details to come.



Okagbare was banned for 11 years in 2022 after an AIU investigation after she failed an out-of-competition doping test.



According to the statement, Oduduru was identified as a suspect based on information in the complaint, including text conversations imaged from Okagbare’s mobile phone by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).



It also stated that the process of imposing a six-year ban on the Ughelli-born athlete has begun.



The statement reads,

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has notified Divine Oduduru of two potential Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADRVs) and is seeking a six-year ban against the Nigerian.

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