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Para Powerlifter, Onyeama stripped of gold medal, banned 4 years

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

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

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

Onyeama 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.

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“As a result of her violation, Onyeama 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 Paralympics rescheduled to hold from 24 August to Sunday, 5 September, 2021.

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