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Former Paralympic champion Para powerlifter Esther Oyema

 

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has banned former Paralympic champion Para powerlifter Esther Oyema for four years after she committed an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).

The Nigerian, who won gold at London 2012 in the Women’s 48kg, 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.

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.

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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 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 55kg competition in Lagos, together with any points and laurels.

A statement from the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) reads: ”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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