By G9ija

Nigeria’s sprinter Divine Oduduru has been hit with a suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for the possession and use of a banned substance.

The news of his suspension comes as a shock to fans and the athletic community, who have watched Oduduru’s career flourish over the years.

Divine Oduduru is the second athlete to be connected to controversial therapist Brian Lira, who has been accused of supplying performance-enhancing drugs to athletes.

Lira has been charged under the Rodchenkov Act in the United States, which carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Oduduru was disqualified in the heats of the men’s 100m for a false start, but narrowly missed the final of the men’s 200m.

His suspension will undoubtedly be a blow to his Olympic ambitions and his reputation as sprinter.