London 2012 Gold Medalist Nwokorie Suspended for Failing Dope Test.

Ivory Nwokorie Suspended For Two Years For Failing Drug Test.
Ivory Nwokorie Suspended For Two Years For Failing Drug Test.

Nigeria’s Ivory Nwokorie is among four paralympic powerlifters suspended, after being found to have violated rules on anti-doping, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced. Others are Iraq’s Huda Ali and Moldovan duo Stefan Rosca and Verginiu Arapu.

Meaning the Paralympic gold medal won by Nwokorie at the London 2012 Games will be forfeited as the IPC also said in its press release that:

“Each of the four athletes has been suspended for two years and fined €1,500 (£1,300). All results obtained on the date of their positive tests and onwards have been disqualified with all the resulting consequences including the forfeiture of any medals, points, records and prizes.”

Nwokorie, 33, who won the women’s 44kg powerlifting gold at last year’s Paralympics, tested positive for Furosemide in a test conducted at the 5th Fazaa International Powerlifting Competition event in Dubai on 23 February 2013.

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“Furosemide, a substance that is classified under S5 Diuretics and Masking Agent on the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC) 2013 Prohibited List. It is prohibited both in and out of competition. As a result of her violation she will be ineligible from competing from 19 April 2013 (date of notification) until 18 April 2015,” IPC added.

The news follows the suspension of another Nigerian powerlifter Folashade Oluwafemiayo (two years), who tested for the same diuretic and masking agent, Furosemide, in a urine sample she provided on 26 February 2013 at the same event.

Ali tested for Nandrolone metabolites, while Rosca and Arapu returned adverse findings of anabolic steroids.

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