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Nigeria's para-powerlifter, Latifat Tijani, fails doping test

Posted : 26 February 2024

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has slammed a 3-year ban on Nigerian-born para-powerlifting athlete Latifat Tijani for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) in breach of the IPC Anti-Doping Code. Tijani provided an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for the presence of testosterone and/or its precursors in an out-of-competition urine sample collected on August 6.


Tijani is the reigning Olympic champion and Rio 2016 silver medalist in the -45kg category. Her urine sample was analysed using a special type of analysis known as Gas Chromatography/Combustion/Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (GC/IRMS), which distinguishes between naturally occurring anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) produced by the body and prohibited anabolic agents of external origin.


The GC/C/IRMS analysis confirmed the presence of testosterone and/or its metabolites of exogenous origin in Tijani's urine sample. Exogenous testosterone is included in the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) Prohibited List for 2023 under Class S1.1 and is prohibited at all times. The athlete was provisionally suspended by the IPC on October 20, 2023, pending the outcome of her case, and subsequently accepted the findings of the ADRV and the consequences proposed by the IPC.


As a result of her violation, the athlete will be ineligible for competition and other athletic activities (other than approved anti-doping education or rehabilitation programmes) for a period of three years, from October 20, 2023, to October 19, 2026. All results obtained by the athlete from the date of the samplecollected until the start of the Provisional Suspension will be disqualified, with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.



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