Nigerian Para powerlifter, and Paralympic gold medalist,Esther Oyema has been banned for four years also stripped off her medal after she violated an anti-doping rule, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced.
In a statement released on Wednesday May 20, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said Oyema will be disqualified from all IPC’s competitions from May 3, 2019 to May 2, 2023.
After the Lagos 2019 International Para Powerlifting Competition in Nigeria, a prohibited substance known as 19-norandrosterone, was found in a urine sample she provided on January 28, 2019.
Oyema who won gold at London 2012 Olympics in the women’s 48kg category, will also be stripped of the gold medal which she won in the women’s 55kg competition in Lagos.
Statement Reads In Part;
“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.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.”