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Eric Lira charged in relation to Okagbare doping case

Eric Lira charged in relation to Okagbare doping case


US PROSECUTORS charged a Texas man on Wednesday with providing performance-enhancing drugs to athletes competing in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, including the star Nigerian sprinter Blessing Okagbare.

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Eric Lira, 41, of El Paso, is the first person to be charged under a new US anti-doping law governing international sports competitions.

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The US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan said Lira distributed the drugs, including human growth hormone and erythropoietin, a blood-building hormone, “for the purpose of corrupting” the 2020 Games

Lira also is accused of conspiring to violate drug misbranding and adulteration laws. It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney who could comment on the charges

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