Doping: Commonwealth gold medallist Nwokocha provisionally suspended

Doping: Commonwealth gold medallist Nwokocha provisionally suspended
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The Athletics Integrity Unit said on Saturday that Nigerian sprinter Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, who took home a gold medal in the 4x100m relay at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, has been provisionally suspended for using illegal substances.

Last month in Birmingham, Nwokocha, 21, ran the anchor leg as Nigeria defeated Jamaica and England to win the gold.

“The AIU has provisionally suspended Nigerian runner, Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, for the Presence/Use of Prohibited Substances (Ostarine & Ligandrol) (Article 2.1 and Article 2.2),” the body said in a statement on Twitter.

Both ostarine and ligandrol are anabolic substances that the World Anti-Doping Agency forbids.

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An athlete is prohibited from competing temporarily under a provisional suspension pending the outcome of a hearing held in accordance with WADA guidelines.

Nwokocha competed in the 100m and 200m at the World Championships in Eugene this year after qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in 2017 and made it to the semifinals in both events.

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