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AFN Expresses Shock Over Okagbare’s Doping Rule Violation, Awaits Details From AIU

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Okagbare
…To Miss Women’s 100m Semi Finals Today
…As Amusan Zooms Into Semis Of 100m Hurdles

The Athletics Federation of Nigeria,AFN, says it received with great shock the press release by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), suspending Blessing Okagbare for a doping rule violation.

The Federation, in a statement, says it is in the process of obtaining the relevant details of the announcement after which a full reaction will be issued.

The AIU in the press release says the Nigerian 100/200m record holder has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect after a sample collected from the 32 year old tested positive for human Growth Hormone.

Growth Hormone is a non-specified substance on the 2021 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List and a provisional suspension is mandatory following an adverse analytical finding for such substance under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules.

The AIU says it collected the sample from Okagbare during an out-of-competition test on 19 July and revealed the WADA-accredited laboratory that analysed the sample notified the AIU of the adverse analytical finding at mid-day Central European Time yesterday, Friday 30 July.

Okagbare was notified of the adverse analytical finding and of her provisional suspension Saturday morning in Tokyo. She was scheduled to participate in the semi-finals of the women’s 100m Saturday evening in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, one of Nigeria’s medal hopefuls, Tobi Amusan qualified for the semi-finals of the women’s 100m hurdles in the ongoing 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Amusan finished with a time of 12.72s to beat Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson, who came second in the early hours of Saturday.

 

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Bayern Munich Remain My Toughest Opponent, Says Haaland

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Borussia Dortmund striker, Erling Haaland, has named Bayern Munich as the toughest team he has ever played against

Haaland has faced off against some of the world’s best teams in his career for both clubs and country so far.

But the 21-year-old insisted that he has never won against Bayern Munich, adding that he has lost seven times against the Bundesliga champions.

“I never won against Bayern Munich, so I probably have to say Bayern,” Haaland told ESPN when asked to name the toughest team he has played against.

“I think I played six times against them, six or seven times, I lost every game,” the Norway international added.

Haaland joined Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in 2020.

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Egypt Will Emerge AFCON 2021 Champions, Salah Predicts

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Liverpool ace, Mohamed Salah, has backed Egypt to win the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.

The Egyptian captain said the Pharaohs would give everything to win the 2021 AFCON trophy in Cameroon.

Salah said this after leading his team to qualify for the AFCON quarter-final.

Egypt defeated Ivory Coast 5-4 on a penalty shootout in the AFCON round of 16 encounter this week to qualify for the last-8.

Carlos Queiroz’s men will now take on Morocco in the AFCON last-8 on Sunday.

“Of course, I want to win something with the national team. It is my country, which I love the most. This trophy for me would be completely different, would be the closest to my heart,” Salah said at his post-match press conference after Egypt defeated Ivory Coast on Wednesday.

“We were close before to win this African Cup [in 2017], we gave it everything, but we were not lucky to win it. But it is ok, now we’re here in the new one.

“We have to fight for it, we’ve to give everything to win it and I am sure the players have the same feeling.”

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Arsenal Set To Sign New England Revolution Goalkeeper, Turner

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Arsenal has reportedly agreed on a deal in principle to sign New England Revolution goalkeeper, Matt Turner.

The Evening Standard reports that Turner is now set to arrive at Emirates in the summer of 2022.

New England Revolution will receive around £5 million-plus add-ons for Turner.

The Major League Soccer club will also receive a ten percent sell-on percentage of any future transfer fee for the 27-year-old shot-stopper.

Meanwhile, Everton has their eye on an ambitious move for Chelsea midfielder, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

According to Daily Mail, Everton’s interest will be knocked back with Chelsea manager, Thomas Tuchel, not prepared to let the England international leave.

Meanwhile, Juventus also had their eyes on Loftus-Cheek earlier in the January transfer window as they drew up possible replacements for Arthur Melo, who now looks set to stay in Turin.

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