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US issues first criminal charge under Rodchenkov Act

Blessing Okagbare of Team Nigeria competes during round one of the women's 100m heats at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

US prosecutors have announced the first criminal charge under the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act, in a case that implicates Nigeria’s star sprinter Blessing Okagbare.

The Complaint unsealed yesterday (Wednesday) alleges that Eric Lira, a “naturopathic” therapist operating principally in the area of El Paso, Texas, obtained various performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and distributed them to certain athletes in advance of, and for the purpose of cheating at, the 2020 Olympic Games held in Tokyo in the summer of 2021.

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