Man Charged With Helping Olympians Dope

January 17, 2022 by

A Texas man has been charged with providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing in last year’s Tokyo summer Olympics. One such athlete had been Nigerian runner Blessing Okagbare.

Eric Lira distributed drugs for the sole purpose of disrupting the Tokyo Olympic Games, the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said on Wednesday. Lira, who is 41 and hails from El Paso, became the first person to be charged under a new international sports anti-doping law.

Lira also stands accused of violating drug misbranding and adulteration laws.

The criminal complaint against Lira makes it clear that Okagbare had been one of his clients. The Nigerian athlete was suspended just hours before the semifinals of the women’s 100 metres in Tokyo after she had tested positive for a human growth hormone.

The criminal complaint furthermore alleges that Lira, who practices as a naturopathic doctor and kinesiologist, had imported misbranded drugs into the US from Central and South America. The complaint also provides details on how federal authorities had examined Okagbare’s cellphone upon her return to the US from Tokyo, and how she had been found to have communicated often with Lira via an encrypted app.

In one of the messages, Okagbare sought advice from Lira about the safety of taking a test on a specific day. And in another exchange, the athlete thanked Lira for a 100m race run in 10.63 seconds.

According to the Athletics Integrity Unit, Okagbare had also tested positive for a blood booster in Nigeria in June last year.

TOP online betting SITESMay 2022
#SiteNZRatingBonusBet
1 IE allowed5/5100% Match up to $250 NZD Bet now
Review
2 IE allowed4.9/5100% Match Bet now

Trent Wilson

More About

Trent Wilson is OnlineBetting.nz’s resident sports news expert. He draws on his extensive sporting knowledge, his qualification in sports management and his passion for betting to provide the latest, most up to date information on sporting events in New Zealand and across the globe.
Trent is a veritable treasure trove of sports information and has been betting online for several years. He prides himself in keeping his readers informed, and in always offering an unbiased standpoint that reflects exactly what’s going on in the sports world.

View Posts - Visit Website