Nigerian Para Powerlifter Banned For 30 Months

File photo of former Paralympic champion, Paul Kehinde

 

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has banned former Paralympic champion Para powerlifter, Paul Kehinde for 30 months for an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).

Kehinde, who won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in the Men’s up to 65kg, returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for prohibited substances in a urine sample provided out-of-competition on March 9, 2020.

The substances were hydrochlorothiazide and its metabolite and amiloride and were included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2020 Prohibited List under the class S5 Diuretics and Masking Agents. This is the athlete’s second ADRV.

As a result of his violation, the Nigerian will be ineligible for competition for 30 months from March 9, 2020 to September 8, 2022. The results obtained by the athlete from the date the sample was collected will also be disqualified, with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

James Sclater, Anti-Doping Director at the IPC, said: “This case may have been avoided if the athlete had followed the rules for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) and verified that his prescribed medication was prohibited.

“The IPC would like to strongly remind all athletes who require the use of a prohibited substance or method, for a diagnosed medical condition, to apply for a TUE in accordance with the WADA ISTUE requirements.”

Each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample. An ADRV occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

Bobsleigh Removed From 2026 Paralympic Winter Games Programme

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) logo.

 

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Governing Board has finalised the Milano Cortina 2026 Paralympic Winter Games sports programme and decided not to include the sport of Para bobsleigh.

The Milano Cortina 2026 Paralympic Winter Games is scheduled to take place between 6-15 March 2026.

In December 2020, the IPC announced that the five sports of Para alpine skiing, Para ice hockey, Para Nordic skiing, Para snowboard and wheelchair curling have been confirmed for 2026 but that a decision on Para bobsleigh would be deferred until early 2021 pending clarification in several areas.

After clarifying these matters, the IPC Board decided not to include Para bobsleigh due to the sport not meeting the minimum criteria for the number of nations and regions regularly participating in the sport.

According to data provided by the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) to the IPC, the sport was widely and regularly practised in 10 countries and three IPC regions over the 2016/17-2019/20 seasons.

Under the IPC Handbook, for the Paralympic Winter Games, an individual sport must be widely and regularly practised at the performance level in a minimum of 12 countries and three IPC regions over the designated four-year period.

IPC President, Andrew Parsons said: “The IPC Governing Board decided not to include Para bobsleigh in the Milano Cortina 2026 Paralympic Winter Games after the sport fell short of the minimum criteria required in terms of global participation over the last four seasons.

“In our review of documentation provided by IBSF, 10 countries can be considered as widely and regularly practising the sport over the last four seasons. This is two short of the minimum criteria for inclusion in the Paralympic Winter Games.

“I know this will be understandably disappointing news to the Para bobsleigh community. However, the sport should be encouraged that if it can maintain the participation levels it had during the 2019/2020 season when 16 nations took part in performance competitions, it will be in a strong position for inclusion in the 2030 edition of the Games,” he concluded.

Iranian Athlete Suspended For Doping

 

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has suspended Iranian Para-athlete Hamid Eslami for four years after committing an anti-doping rule violation (ADRV).

The Para-athletics T11 runner returned an adverse analytical finding for a prohibited substance in a urine sample provided on 17 August 2019 in an out of competition test.

The substance, EPO (Erythropoietin), was included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2019 Prohibited List under the class S2. Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics.

As a result of the violation, Eslami will be ineligible for competition for four years from 14 October 2019 to 14 October 2023.

“Eslami was part of a Registered Testing Pool, a group of top-level athletes in specific Paralympic sports who take part in a year-round out-of-competition testing programme,” James Sclater, IPC Anti-Doping Director, said. “The IPC has conducted more targeted out of competition tests on athletes as part of our increased investment in anti-doping activities.”

Sclater added: “Athletes should be aware that even though competitions have been limited during the COVID-19 pandemic, the IPC continues its out of competition testing programme, especially in the lead up to the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.”

Each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample. An ADRV occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found in his or her bodily specimen, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

As a signatory of the WADA Anti-Doping Code (WADC), the IPC remains committed to a doping-free sporting environment at all levels. The IPC, together with the International Federations and the National Paralympic Committees, established the IPC Anti-Doping Code (ADC) to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play.

Ukrainian Para Powerlifter Kriukov Receives 18-Month Ban Extension

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has banned Ukrainian Para powerlifter Anton Kriukov for a further period of 18 months after violating the terms of his sanction.
 
The athlete was found to have violated the prohibition of participation during ineligibility pursuant to IPC Anti-Doping Code Article 10.12.3.
 
In 2018, Kriukov received a two-year sanction after returning an adverse analytical finding at the Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships. The athlete violated the terms of his sanction by competing at the 2019 Ukrainian Para Powerlifting Cup held from 6-8 December 2019 in Dnipro, Ukraine, during his period of Ineligibility, which ran until 21 January 2020.
 
As a result of the violation, Kriukov received a further 18-month period of Ineligibility from 22 January 2020 to 21 July 2021.
 
The IPC is reminding all athletes or other persons currently declared Ineligible of the terms of the prohibition against participation during Ineligibility set out in Article 10.12.1 of the IPC Anti-Doping Code.
 
As a signatory of the World Anti-Doping Code (WADC), the IPC remains committed to a doping-free sporting environment at all levels. The IPC has established the IPC Anti-Doping Code in compliance with the general principles of the WADC, including the WADC International Standards, expecting that, in the spirit of sport, it will lead the fight against doping in sport for athletes with an impairment.

IPC Grants IWBF More Time To Complete Eligibility Verification

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) logo.

 

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC), has agreed to grant additional time to the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) to finish verifying the eligibility of all 4.0 and 4.5 sport class players set to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Since January 2020, when the IPC declared the IWBF non-compliant with the 2015 Athlete Classification Code, the global governing body of wheelchair basketball has been required to conduct eligibility assessments of 132 4.0 and 4.5 sport class players set to compete in Tokyo.

This exercise – the first phase of an approved action plan towards Code-compliance – has found 119 players eligible and nine non-eligible.

Four cases remain outstanding pending further information, which is why the IPC has accepted the IWBF’s request to extend the deadline for a second time from the original date of May 29, 2020.

The Chief Executive Officer of IPC, Mike Peters said: “Due to the need to gather more information on four-player cases, the IPC has agreed to grant the IWBF a second extension to the original end of May deadline.

“With such a small number of athletes still to be reviewed, no new deadline has been set by the IPC although continued progress is fully expected of the IWBF.

“The IPC will also continue to monitor the IWBF’s ongoing compliance with the approved action plan,” he said.

In addition to assessing all 4.0 and 4.5 players due to compete at Tokyo 2020, the IPC in January also requested that the IWBF ensures its own classification rules and operations align and are fully compliant with the IPC Athlete Classification Code by no later than 31 August 2021.

At the moment, IWBF is excluded from the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games programme. Failure to meet this deadline will mean that wheelchair basketball will not be readmitted into the Paris 2024 Games.

Russian To Learn 2018 Paralympic Fate In January – IPC

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Wednesday maintained Russia’s doping suspension with a decision on their participation in the 2018 Paralympics to be made in January.

In a statement the IPC said they had extended the ban as the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) had not made sufficient progress to justify their reinstatement.

““The RPC is making headway with the IPC on three of the five remaining reinstatement criteria.

“However sadly, and much to our growing disappointment and frustration, there is a lack of progress regarding an official response from the Russian authorities specifically and adequately addressing the McLaren findings and evidence.”

Russia were suspended by the IPC in August 2016 following revelations of widespread state-sponsored doping uncovered in a report by Richard McLaren on behalf of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

It also saw the country’s track and field team banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The IPC established a taskforce to monitor and assist the Russian Paralympic Committee (RPC) in a process of reforming.

Wednesday’s statement added: “The IPC Taskforce still has significant concerns as to the lack of any material progress regarding the provision of an official response from the Russian authorities that adequately addresses the findings made by Professor McLaren.

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“This is a requirement of the WADA roadmap for the reinstatement of RUSADA and a reinstatement criterion for the RPC.”

The statement concluded that it was “keeping the door open” for Russia to compete at Pyeongchang for as long as possible but warned that “January’s deadline is fast approaching”.

The 2018 Paralympics are being staged in South Korea from March 9-18.

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IPC Demands Justice For Attacked Journalists


The International Press Centre (IPC), has called for urgent justice for all journalists who have been attacked in Nigeria, through investigation and diligent prosecution of the alleged perpetrators.

The organisation made the call on Monday as the industry marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

According the IPC’s Safety Alert Desk, in the last one year there have been nothing less than 14 incidents of assault, threat, battery, arrest, kidnap, killing and invasion involving journalists and media institutions; a situation which the IPC Director, Mr Lanre Arogundade, described as an unwelcome development deserving the attention of media stakeholders.

The agency in its report compiled a list of some of those affected.

1. Jerry Edoho of Ibom Nation Akwa-Ibom State: He was picked up in Uyo by police personnel from the Force headquarters in Abuja on 6th of January.

2. Nsebiet John of The Ink Akwa-Ibom State: He was detained for a night in police cell, arraigned and granted bail to the sum of #250,000 on the 6th of January.

3. Premium Times, Abuja: The premises was invaded by armed police men on the 19th January, 2017

4. Dapo Olorunyomi, Publisher, Premium Times and Evelyn Okakwu, Judiciary correspondent: Both were arrested by armed police men on the night of January 19, 2017.

5. Godwin Aliuna of National Mirror, Ebonyi State: He was attacked by alleged armed robbers in his residence on the 22nd of February, 2017.

6. Famous Giobaro, journalist with Bayelsa state-owned radio station Glory FM 97.1: He was shot dead by suspected hired assassins on 16th April, 2017.

7. Samuel Nweze, Publisher of the People’s Leader: He was shot by gunmen in front of his office in Abakaliki on the 2nd of June, 2017.

8. Charles Otu of the Conscience Newspaper: He was beaten to stupor with dangerous weapons and later abducted by suspected political thugs in Abakaliki on the 2nd of June, 2017.

9. Lawrence Okojie of Nigerian Television Authority, Benin: He was shot dead by gunmen at 8p.m while returning from work on the 8th July, 2017.

10. Amadin Uyi of Silverbird Television, Abuja: He was brutalized by police officers during the protest by Ourmumudondo group at Unity Fountain in Abuja on 8th of August, 2017.

11. Segun Salami of the Channels Television, Kogi: He was battered at the state house detention centre by security personnel attached to Kogi state government house on Monday 28th of August, 2017.

12. NUJ secretariat, Abia state: Invaded by Nigerian soldiers of Operation Python Dance on Tuesday 12th of September, 2017 during which some journalists were assaulted

13. Wale Odunsi, an editor with Daily Post (online publication): He was reportedly attacked by security men at the Kogi State government house on the 11th October, 2017.

14. Ikechukwu Ibe of the Daily Trust Newspapers: He was allegedly brutally assaulted by an Army captain at Jabi area of Abuja on the 26th of October, 2017.

The IPC believes it is rather unfortunate that Nigeria continues to rank high among countries where press freedom and freedom of expression are under threat.

Arogundade, therefore, called on the Police authorities to make public disclosure on what has been done so far towards unraveling the mystery behind killed journalists in Nigeria.

He also called on journalists and other media professionals to take their safety more seriously by keeping abreast with various safety tips for journalists covering dangerous assignments.

Uninterrupted Power Supply: Ayade Sets 2017 Deadline

Uninterrupted Power Supply: Ayade Sets 2017 DeadlineThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has set February 2017 as deadline to deliver on a 21 megawatts Calabar power plant, as part of his determination to ensure that the Calabar metropolis has 24/7 uninterrupted power supply.

Speaking during his routine inspection of the ongoing construction work at the site along the Parliamentary Extension in Calabar, the Cross River State Capital, Ayade explained that the power plant is a new technology which is cost effective.

Uninterrupted Power Supply: Ayade Sets 2017 Deadline
construction site for power plant

Excited about the level of work done so far, Ayade said: “as you can see, there is massive construction work going on here at the site, we are putting the structural base for the installation of the 21 megawatt power turbines that have already been delivered on site.

“We have set February 17, 2017 as deadline to deliver uninterrupted 24/7 power supply to Calabar metropolis. With this singular effort, Calabar will be the first capital city to have uninterrupted power supply in the country”.

Speaking further he said, “the good thing is that this is the product and manifestation of the several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs), I had signed early last year and today, we are at the construction stage to deliver on this all important project.

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“As you can see, there is so much energy as several young men are already
engaged and we are making plans to engage some of them permanently as maintenance staff after the construction.”

Ayade then revealed that the project was a Public Private Partnership (PPP) as the state was working in partnership with a Brazilian/American firm, which is also collaborating with the Cross River State Power Company “to establish and deliver on this world class independent embedded power plant here in Calabar.”

Offering further insight, the governor stated that he would ensure that “no contractor is paid until he meets the mile stones set.

“So, if you bring me an IPC, I must check to ensure that you have delivered as declared by the agencies concerned before you receive your payment.

“Secondly, I am driven by the passion and determination, which is why I am always on site instead of sitting in the office. This is rather very alien to me and that is why I am on site daily to ensure that we catch the pace because money is scarce, every little kobo will be accounted for.”

He expressed excitement that work is being done according to specification and approved designs.

Ayade assured residents that the state had concluded arrangement with Lilleker and Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, to ensure uninterrupted power supply especially during the annual Calabar Carnival.

“In line with this effort, the state has provided 88 new transformers across the city centre for improved power supply to ensure that all parts of Calabar are lit during the yuletide.

He then used the opportunity to invite Nigerians to the festival.

“Let me use this opportunity to invite every Nigerian to stop searching for scarce dollars for overseas trips and come to Calabar for the festival and Carnival.

“We have everything you are looking for, hospitality, love, good treatment, everything you can think of is here in Calabar,” the governor said.

Channels TV Lanre Lasisi Selected For Exchange Fellowship In US

Channels Television’s National Assembly correspondent; Lanre Lasisi has been selected along with two other Nigeria journalists in the maiden edition of the International Center for Journalists’ (ICFJ) exchange program between Nigerian and United States.

The three Nigerian journalists, selected to participate in the exchange program between Nigerian and United States Journalists are Lasisi Olanrewaju of Channels Television, Kabir Alabi Garba of Guardian newspapers and Hamza Idris of Daily Trust newspapers.

The three journalists have arrived in the US for the exercise with seven other African journalists from Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.

Director of the International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria, Mr. Lanre Arogundade said in a statement on Thursday, stated that the exchange program commenced with a three-day professional Fellows Congress in Washington DC from April 8 to 10 with the three Nigerian journalists as participants.

According to Mr. Arogundade, the 10 African journalists will spend a total of four weeks ‘working’ with media organizations in the United States during which they will share practical experience with their American colleagues.

Mr. Arogundade said prior to their departure last week, the Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate in Lagos held a debriefing session with the representative of the three Nigerian Fellows, Mr. Kabir Garba.

Present at the debriefing were the Public Affairs Officer, Mrs. Dehab Ghebreab; the Cultural Affairs Specialist, Ms. Bene Uche and the Information Specialist, Mrs. Joke Omotunde.

“The Public Affairs Officer and her colleagues told Mr. Garba and his colleagues to see themselves as Nigerian ambassadors during the program and to that extent conduct themselves with the highest social and professional standards”, Mr. Arogundade said.

There will be regular updates on the activities of the Nigerian fellows on the IPC website – www.ipcng.org – as well as that of the ICFJ -www.icfj.org.

Running Blades: Pistorius told to back claims with evidence by IPC

Sprint star Oscar Pistorious’s claim about the length of his rivals’ artificial running blades has been thrown out by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) saying there is no substance to the allegations.

The media and communications director for the IPC; Craig Spence said at a news conference in London on Wednesday that there is no evidence that any athlete competed on different size running blades, unless South Africa can come up with some evidence that proves otherwise, but aside that the IPC won’t continue investigation.

It was reported that South Africa had made a formal complaint raising Pistorius’s claims he was at a disadvantage in the T44 200m final because other runners were a lot taller and he could not compete with their stride length.

Pistorius’s defeat to Brazil’s Alan Oliveira was his first defeat in a 200m in nine years and means he will now not retain the three sprint titles he won in Beijing.

The 25-year-old – the most high-profile athlete at the Games after he became the first double-amputee to compete at the Olympics last month – said he had raised the issue with the IPC but it had fallen “on deaf ears”.

He later apologised for the timing of the comments but not the substance.

Spence said they had spoken to national team coaches and found no evidence to back up the claims.

Swapping blades mid-competition is currently against the rules.

Spence said Games organisers contacted all national Paralympic committees in April this year and asked them to highlight any concerns about the rules but no issues were raised by South Africa.

The IPC has said all athletes’ prostheses, which have to be in proportion to the length of their body, were measured on Sunday and no infringements were found.