May 21, 2020
The International Paralympic Committee, IPC has banned Nigeria’s London 2012 Paralympic gold medal winner in powerlifting, Esther Oyema, for four years after she committed an anti-doping rule violation, ADRV. Onyema who won gold in the women’s up to 48kg at the 2012 games, returned an adverse analytical finding for a prohibited substance in a urine sample provided on 28th January, 2019 after competing at the Lagos 2019 International Para Powerlifting Competition in Nigeria. The implication of the violation means Oyema will not be eligible for competition for four years from May 3rd 2019 to May 2nd 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.