Esther Oyema: Nigeria’s Paralympic gold medalist receives 4-year ban for doping

Esther Oyema: Nigeria’s Paralympic gold medalist receives 4-year ban for doping

- Esther Onyema has been banned for the next four years by the IPC

- Nigeria’s London 2012 Paralympic gold medalist failed a doping test

- She has also been stripped of the gold medal which she won in Lagos last year

Nigeria’s London 2012 Paralympic gold medal winner in powerlifting Esther Oyema has been banned by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for failing a doping test, Complete Sports reports.

The announcement was made Wednesday, May 20 on the website of the anti-doping agency.

Onyema reportedly returned positive test for a prohibited substance from a urine sample which was obtained on January 28, 2019, shortly after participating at the Lagos 2019 Lagos 2019 International Para Powerlifting Competition in Nigeria.

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It was disclosed that 19-norandrosterone which 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 was discovered in her.

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As a result Onyema is no longer eligible to participate in any competition for four years from May 3, 2019 to May 2, 2023.

Also, she has been stripped of the gold medal which she won in the women’s up to 55kg competition in Lagos, alongside any points and prizes.

However, this is coming barely a month that Nigeria's sports minister Sunday Dares described the untimely death of Ndidi Nwosu as a great loss'.

The 2016 Rio Paralympics gold medalist was said to have died from lung complication at the start of last month.

Brila FM quoting former President of the Nigeria Powerlifting Federation Queen Uboh revealed that the husband of the late powerlifter Ikechukwu Nwosu confirmed the news.

Dare conveyed his condolences to the family of the deceased - saying her contributions to the success of the country at the global stage will not be easily forgotten.

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Nwosu also ensured Nigeria's flag was holstered at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia after winning a gold medal for her country. earlier reported that Sports Minister Sunday Dare continued to put smiles on the faces of surviving mothers of late Nigerian stars, with the mom of late Nigerian athlete Sunday Dare the latest beneficiary.

Odomogun quarters, Ilaere Ogidi in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State which is the ancestral home of the former Olympic gold medalist came to life on Sunday, May 10.

Mrs Fumilayo Bada, the surviving mother of late runner, got a soul-lifting cash of N50,000 and food items such as rice, Semovita and beverages courtesy the Minister for Youths and Sports Development.

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