Nigeria’s Para Powerlifter, Oyema stripped of gold medal, receives a four-year ban for anti-doping rule violation

Nigeria’s Para Powerlifter, Esther Oyema stripped of gold medal, receives a four-year ban for anti-doping rule violation

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The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have banned former World Para Powerlifting and Paralympic, Esther Oyema for four years after she committed an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV), the SportsBay.com reports. 

It will be recalled that Oyema won gold at London 2012 in the women’s up to 48kg.

According to a statement on IPC official website, Oyema will be stripped of her medal she won in the women’s up to 55kg competition in Lagos, together with any points and prizes.

Oyema was said to have returned an adverse analytical finding for a prohibited substance in a urine sample provided on 28 January 2019 after competing at the Lagos 2019 International Para Powerlifting Competition in Nigeria.

“As a result of her violation, Oyema will be ineligible for competition for four years from 3 May 2019 to 2 May 2023. She has also been stripped of the gold medal which she won in the women’s up to 55kg competition in Lagos, together with any points and prizes.

“The substance was 19-norandrosterone. This is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2019 Prohibited List under the class S1.1B Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) and their Metabolites and isomers”.

“Each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample. An ADRV occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault”.

Following this ban, Oyema will not feature at the Tokyo 2020 Para Olympics rescheduled for 2021.

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Each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample. An ADRV occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

As a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), the IPC remains committed to a doping-free sporting environment at all levels.

The IPC, together with the International Federations and the National Paralympic Committees, established the IPC Anti-Doping Code (the Code) to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play. The Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.

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