4-time NCAA champion sprinter Divine Oduduru obtained a six-year ban for his function in a case first pursued by U.S. authorities below a legislation designed to fight widespread doping schemes throughout the globe.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping circumstances in monitor and discipline, mentioned Thursday a disciplinary panel had discovered the Nigerian sprinter responsible of possession and use or tried use of a number of prohibited substances within the leadup to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The AIU mentioned there have been aggravated circumstances that known as for including two years to the unique four-year ban. The ban for the 27-year-old runs via February 2029.
The case stemmed from a prison investigation into “naturopathic” therapist Eric Lira, who earlier this yr turned the primary particular person to plead responsible below the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, which was enacted to pursue widespread doping crimes.
The AIU mentioned Oduduru was the sprinter labeled “Athlete 2” within the grievance in opposition to Lira, who pleaded responsible for his function in offering athletes with performance-enhancing substances. “Athlete 1” was Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, who’s serving an 11-year ban.
“To acquire these substances, (Oduduru) engaged right into a scheme together with his teammate who in her flip was procuring these substances on his behalf from an individual who was illegally bringing them to US to be able to distribute amongst athletes with the purpose to enhance their sport efficiency,” the choice from the AIU panel learn. “The panel considers this conduct to be significantly critical.”
Working for Texas Tech, Oduduru swept the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints at NCAA championships in 2019. He received the 200 meters in 2018 and the 200 on the NCAA indoor championships the identical yr. He has competed on the final two Summer season Olympics however didn’t make a last.