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Doping: AIU suspends Nigerian Olympian

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has announced that Grace Nwokocha has been provisionally suspended for the presence/use of prohibited substances, Ostarine and Ligandrol.

Ostarine and Ligandrol are both anabolic agents prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Recall that the 21-year-old ran the anchor leg in Birmingham last month as Nigeria beat England and Jamaica to take gold.

“The AIU has provisionally suspended Nigerian runner, Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, for the Presence/Use of Prohibited Substances (Ostarine and Ligandrol),” the body said in a statement.

By provisional suspension, this means that Nwokocha is temporarily banned from competition before a final decision is taken at a hearing conducted under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.

Meanwhile, Nigeria's athletics federation is yet to make an official statement but a board official in the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) had earlier told Premium Times of the development pleading anonymity for not being authorised to speak on the matter.

“Just when we thought we were making some headway, this has really brought us back,” the official said.

Nwokocha qualified for last year’s Tokyo Olympics and also entered the 100m and 200m at the world championships in Eugene this year, reaching the semi-finals in both events.

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