By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Paralympic Champion at London 2012 Games, Esther Oyema has cried out that she didn’t take any performance-enhancing drugs.
The 38-year-old Oyema said that she only took blood multi-vitamins prior to the tournament where her blood samples were taken for the test.
She disclosed this during a televised interview on Channels Television.
“It was during a competition held in Lagos that my sample was taken. I don’t really know any of the vitamins because I know the vitamins that I used. I have been using the vitamins for many times while going for other competitions. I did not do anything or took any multi-vitamins. The only multi-vitamins that I know that I took were Omega H3 which is a blood multi-vitamins and Vitamin C.” She said.
Oyema who won gold in the women’s 61kg event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she set a new world record with 122.4kg lift asserted that she was sad and surprised by the news of her four-year ban.
“I was so surprised and I was sad when the news came because it was saddened to me. I never expected such a thing. Even when I got the message on my mail, I was like what is all this? Initially, the Federation was sent a letter without me being informed. The thing was so surprising to me because I am an elite athlete. I don’t expect or think of doing such. As a well known national athlete, I do advice my colleagues especially the young ones coming up. I was so surprised seeing myself in this mess.”
Oyema also narrated how she appealed the ban without receiving any reply from the International Paralympic Committee, IPC.
“Seeing what they sent to me, I was so surprised and shocked. About two to three weeks ago, they sent me an email that they sent a letter to my Federation and there was no one to attend to the letter. I didn’t even get the letter not until two weeks ago that they set me that because of negligency that they are going to ban me for four years. As at that time, the letter confirmed that I still have time to appeal which I did. I was waiting for their reply to see what will come on board, the next thing I saw was that I have been banned for four years. I just looked at it and said well let God have His way. If this is how they want to do it. It was immediately they sent the mail to me that they announced the ban.” She concluded.
Kick442.com had earlier reported that Esther Oyema has been banned for four years by IPC after committing an anti-doping rule violation, ADRV. Her urine sample was was said to have returned an adverse analytical finding for prohibited substance 19-norandrosterone on January 28, 2019, after competing in last year’s Lagos International Para-Powerlifting Competition in Nigeria.
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