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Blessing Okagbare’s supplier sentenced to 3 months in prison

Blessing Okagbare’s supplier Eric Lira, a therapist from Texas, has confessed to supplying performance-enhancing substances to athletes.

This resulted in Blessing Okagbare being disqualified from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

As a consequence, Lira has been sentenced to three months in prison, followed by one year of supervised release, and ordered to forfeit $16,410 (€15,113).

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This verdict marks the first conviction under the 2020 Act, a US law enacted in response to Russia’s state-sponsored doping scandals, named after whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.

This law empowers US authorities to prosecute individuals involved in international doping fraud conspiracies.

The sentencing occurred on Wednesday after Lira pleaded guilty to the charges of supplying prohibited substances to Olympic athletes, as reported by US authorities and AFP news agency. Lira, who operates as a “naturopathic” therapist in El Paso, Texas, was found culpable of violating the anti-doping regulations, ultimately compromising the integrity of sports competitions.

“Today’s sentence sends a clear message: Violating the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act carries serious consequences, including prison time. This message is especially important this year with the upcoming Summer Olympics in Paris,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement.

“In addition to the prison term, Lira, 44, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced to one year of supervised release and ordered to forfeit $16,410,” Williams added.

The maximum penalty for violating the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act is 10 years in prison.

Alfred Saiki
Alfred Saiki
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