Nigerian Para powerlifter and Paralympic gold medalist, Esther Oyema, has been banned for four years by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for committing an anti-doping rule violation.
According to the IPC, Oyema tested positive for 19-norandrosterone, a prohibited substance which was found in her urine sample collected after the Lagos 2019 International Para-Powerlifting event in Nigeria.
As a result of the violation, Oyema will be ineligible for competition for four years from May 3, 2019 to May 2, 2023.
The 38-year-old has also been stripped of the gold medal which she won in the women’s 55kg event in Lagos, together with any points and laurels. She would also miss the opportunity to attend Tokyo 2020.
Oyema won gold and set a new world record in the women’s 61kg event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with a lift of 122.4kg in the heavyweight category.
In 2015, she won gold at the All-Africa Games and at the IPC Powerlifting Asian Open Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
A silver medalist at Rio 2016 Paralympics, Oyema also claimed gold and created a new world record (131kg) in the women’s lightweight category at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.