American sprinter Obi Igbokwe punished with 30-month suspension for doping

Athlete Obi Igbokwe, gold medalist in the mixed 4x400m relay at the 2019 Worlds in Doha, was punished with 30 months of suspension after positive test for anabolic steroid, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Thursday.

The 24-year-old will be suspended until November 2022, so he will not be able to qualify for this year’s Tokyo Olympics (July 23 to August 8) or the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

“Igbokwe accepted his 30-month suspension for violating the anti-doping rule. He tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT) and / or other related anabolic steroids, detected using an out-of-competition urine sample collected on May 26, 2020” the USED.

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“DHCMT and all anabolic steroids are prohibited substances according to USADA protocols, the anti-doping regulations of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and the International Athletics Federation,” recalled the agency.

Igbokwe’s suspension period started on the same May 26, 2020 and all subsequent results were invalidated, the American agency added.

Igbokwe ran in the 4x400m mixed relay race for the United States at the Doha World Championship, but did not make it to the final.

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