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Nigerian athlete Esther Oyema receives 4-year ban for doping

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has banned Nigeria’s London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist, Esther Oyema, for four years after she was found guilty of commiting Anti-Doping Rule Violation. (ADRV).

In a statement posted on their official website on Wednesday, the 38-year-old returned an adverse analytical finding for “19-norandrosterone”, a prohibited substance in a urine sample provided on 28 January 2019 after competing at the Lagos 2019 International Para Powerlifting Competition in Nigeria, where she won a gold medal.

The substance 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.

Esther Oyema, who won gold in the Women’s 45kg category at the London 2012 paralympics has been declared ineligible to compete for four years from 3 May 2019 to 2 May 2023 and has been stripped of the gold medal she won in the women’s up to 55kg competition in Lagos, alongside any points and prizes that came with it.

Each athlete is responsible for the substances found in his or her urine sample. However, an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in in an athelete’s sample, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

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