Nigerian sprinter, Nwokocha banned for doping

On Friday, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) reported that Nigerian sprinter Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha has received a three-year ban for doping.

Nwokocha, who previously achieved gold in the 4x100m relay during the 2022 Commonwealth Games, tested positive for two anabolic agents, Ostarine and Ligandrol, in a sample collected on 3 August 2022.

The AIU disclosed that Nwokocha has acknowledged her wrongdoing and has accepted the three-year ban as a consequence. As a result, her results from 3 August 2022 to 2 September 2022, including her Commonwealth Games gold medal, have been invalidated.

The statement issued by the AIU on Friday read in part: “The AIU, the Athlete and the World Anti-Doping Agency (“the Parties”) subsequently entered into a Case Resolution Agreement in accordance with Rule 10.8.2 ADR pursuant to which the Athlete acknowledges that she has been found to have committed ADRVs under Rule 2.1 and Rule 2.2 of the CGF ADR (and the ADR) by virtue of the CGF Decision, which is final and binding upon her;

“The Athlete agrees to be sanctioned with a period of Ineligibility of three (3) years; the Parties agree that taking into consideration the criteria in Rule 10.8.2 of the ADR, the period of Ineligibility shall commence on the date of Sample collection, i.e., 3 August 2022. Therefore, the period of Ineligibility shall be in effect until, and including, 2 August 2025; and in accordance with Rule 10.10 of the ADR (and to the extent that any results are not already disqualified by operation of the CGF Decision), the Athlete’s competitive results from 3 August 2022 until the date of the Provisional Suspension imposed by the AIU viz. 2 September 2022 are Disqualified with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prize money/prizes.”

Recently, Divine Oduduru was also slammed with a six-year ban for doping violations.

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