Blessing Okagbare, a Nigerian sprinter, has been banned for ten years for “repeated violations of anti-doping rules.”
According to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the 33-year-old was banned for five years for using numerous illegal drugs and another five for refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
Okagbare was barred from the Olympics in Tokyo after failed drug test.
The AIU’s head, Brett Clothier, said the 10-year suspension was “a strong warning against attempts to cheat.”
Okagbare won a silver medal in the long jump at the 2008 Olympics and has also won World Championship medals in the 200m and long jump.
She was a medal contender for the women’s 100m in Tokyo last year and won her heat in 11.05 seconds.
But she was ruled out of the semi-finals after the AIU said she had tested positive for a human growth hormone following an out-of-competition test on July 19.
In October, Okagbare was charged with three anti-doping offences, which she denied.
Okagbare has 30 days to appeal against the AIU’s disciplinary tribunal’s