US prosecutors charge man with supplying performance-enhancing drugs to Olympians

Source: USA Today

“U.S. 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. Eric Lira, 41, of El Paso, is the first person to be charged under a new U.S. anti-doping law governing international sports competitions. The U.S. 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. The criminal complaint does not name Okagbare, but includes details suggesting she was among Lira’s clients. A text message was sent to Okagbare seeking comment.” (01/12/22)

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2022/01/12/prosecutors-charge-eric-lira-supplying-drugs-olympians-blessing-okagbare/9187855002/