The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has suspended Egyptian powerlifter Zeinab Oteify for four years for committing an anti-doping violation.
The three-time Paralympian returned an adverse analytical finding for Pralmorelin and metabolite, a Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide, in a urine sample provided on 5 September 2017 after an out-of-competition test in Cairo, Egypt.
This substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2017 Prohibited List under the category S2: Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics. It is prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition.
As a result of her violation, Oteify - who competes in the women’s up to 45kg class - will be ineligible for competition for four years from 6 October 2017, the date of the provisional suspension, until 16 October 2021.
All Oteify’s results obtained from 5 September 2017, the date of the test and onwards will be disqualified including forfeiture of any medals, points, records and prizes.
World Para Powerlifting continues to deliver the information and awareness programme “Raise The Bar” to educate athletes and their support personnel about anti-doping matters.
The IPC would like to remind all athletes about the risks associated with using supplements, and that the principle of strict liability applies to anti-doping matters. Therefore, each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her sample, and that an anti-doping rule violation 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 World 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 to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play. The IPC Anti-Doping Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.