American relay world medalist Igbokwe given 30-month doping ban

Baku, April 9, AZERTAC

Obi Igbokwe, who helped the United States win a 400 metres mixed relay gold medal at the 2019 World Athletics Championships, has been banned for 30 months over steroid use, according to

Igbokwe's sample came back positive for a metabolite of dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT) following an out-of-competition test on May 26.

DHCMT is a performance-enhancing anabolic steroid and a banned substance.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said a 30-month ban was decided upon, rather than the standard four-year sanction, in part because of "the substantial assistance that Igbokwe provided".

Igbokwe's ban has been backdated to begin on May 26 2020, and any results achieved since then have been disqualified.

The 24-year-old will miss the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and the next World Athletics Championships, due to take place in Oregon in the US in 2022.

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