Dope: Nigeria’s Paralympic Champion, Esther Onyema, Banned for Four Years

first_imgEsther Onyema…banned for four years for dope The Nigerian para power lifter who won gold medalists in the last three Commonwealth Games in Delhi (India), Glasgow (Scotland) and Gold Coast (Australia) tested positive to 19-norandrosterone found in her urine sample collected at the 2019 International Para Powerlifting competition which held in Lagos.According to a statement issued yesterday by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) : “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 (the Code) to prevent doping in sport for Paralympic athletes, in the spirit of fair play. The Code is in conformity with the general principles of the WADC.”The drug is one of the substances included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2019 Prohibited List under the class S1.1B Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) and their Metabolites and isomers.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.In addition to the four-year ban, Onyema has also been stripped of the gold medal which she won in the Women’s 55kg competition in Lagos, together with any points and laurels accrued to her.Oyema who was Nigeria’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast two years ago, has enjoyed a long career at elite level, winning medals at Paralympic and Commonwealth Games.She narrowly missed a consecutive Paralympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil when she was edged out by Mexico’s Amalia Perez who broke a world record on her way to claiming the top place on the podium.Onyema however made up for the slip in Brazil by setting new world record in the women’s under-50kg category by pressing 131kg on her final lift at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.None of Nigeria’s para power lifting officials could be reached for an official statement on the development yesterday.However, the Media Officer of the Paralympic Committee of Nigeria (PCN), Patrick Ibeh promised an official statement from the Olympic movement for the physically challenged athletes today.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram By Duro IkhazuagbeNigeria’s former Paralympic and Commonwealth Games champion, Esther Onyema, 38, has been banned four years by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) for committing an anti-doping rule violation.Onyema’s dream of adding to the gold and silver medals she won at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games respectively next year in Tokyo has however evaporated as she is no longer eligible to compete in the sport until May 2, 2023.last_img read more

Soundboard: Students discuss thoughts on National Signing Day

first_imgIn the video above, students on campus were asked about their thoughts on National Signing Day when top recruits, including five-star cornerback Iman Marshall and four-star linebacker Porter Gustin, committed to USC. Watch to learn more. For more details about the National Signing Day, read our coverage of it here.last_img

No. 23 Syracuse’s 2-1 overtime victory over No. 14 St. Joseph’s gives Ange Bradley 200th Syracuse career win

first_img Published on September 13, 2019 at 10:15 pm Contact Danny: | @DannyEmerman Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: Sept. 15, 2019 at 1:47 a.m.When midfielder Laura Graziosi received the penalty corner insert pass with five minutes left in the first overtime, St. Joseph’s defense anticipated her to pass. SJU’s defensive line converged on midfielder Carolin Hoffmann and forward Charlotte de Vries, everyone but Graziosi.Graziosi took what the defense gave her. She dribbled the ball to her right and struck a shot 10 feet away to the back of the net. Graziosi’s goal — her second of the season — gave Syracuse its first win over a ranked opponent, revenge for last season’s 5-2 loss to SJU, and a course-correcting victory after last week’s loss to unranked Cornell.The game-winner gave also head coach Ange Bradley her 200th win as head coach at Syracuse.In Bradley’s 12 seasons at No. 23 Syracuse (4-1), the Orange have made 10 NCAA tournament appearances. Bradley led the 2015 team to the program’s first and only national championship. On Friday night, Syracuse’s 2-1 upset win over No. 14 St. Joseph’s (3-1) added a win to Bradley’s legacy. But before Friday night’s match, Bradley showed how much the win meant to her.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I had no clue,” Bradley said about winning her 200th game at Syracuse.Little did she know, Bradley had been stuck on 199 Syracuse wins for nearly two weeks. She entered the postgame press conference on Friday with a bouquet of orange roses, which associate head coach Allan Law’s family bought last week before the Cornell game — what would have been Bradley’s 200th Syracuse victory. Instead, Syracuse lost 2-1 despite out-shooting the Big Red 17 to 10 and “dominating,” Bradley said.But on Friday, Law could finally put his flowers to good use. The Orange — whose previous three wins all came in comebacks — jumped out to an early lead. de Vries notched her team-leading sixth goal in the second period with a strong reverse-hit.With a lead in the second half, Bradley grew more vocal from the bench. “It’s a wing press. Read it, Claire!” she yelled to Claire Webb, her center back, at one point. It was Webb’s first game of the season after missing the first four matches with a hand injury, and the senior anchored an SU defensive unit that limited the Hawks to no shots in the first half. But SJU’s more aggressive press later led to a penalty corner, which the Hawks capitalized on to even up the game, 1-1.Still, throughout the game, Syracuse maintained control. The midfielders intercepted passes, forwards pressured SJU’s defenders, and the defense remained “composed,” Bradley said. When the game entered overtime, Syracuse led in shots on goal, 10 to four.Three more unanswered shots in overtime, including Graziosi’s game-winner, put Syracuse on top.“I watched us in overtime from the sidelines, and it’s awesome running on the field,” Webb said, “But it’s even better when I get to be on the field helping with it.”In addition to the 200th Syracuse win milestone, beating St. Joseph’s added emotional value for Bradley and Syracuse. Last year, the Hawks blew Syracuse out, 5-2, in the regular season finale, which hurt the Orange’s chances at the NCAA tournament. Syracuse ended up missing the tournament for the first time since 2007, Bradley’s first year at SU.Plus, SJU’s bench featured two of Bradley’s former assistants in head coach Lynn Farquhar and assistant Martu Loncarica. Before the game, Bradley listened to the national anthem on SJU’s half of the field, right next to her former assistants.“None of this could’ve been done without the women that I’ve coached, and their belief, and their vision,” Bradley said.With Friday’s win, Bradley joins Kathleen Parker — the winningest coach in program history (316 wins in 28 seasons) — in SU’s 200-win club. But Bradley did something no other SU field hockey coach ever did: Bring a national championship to Syracuse. And Friday’s upset victory is one step towards doing it again.After Graziosi’s shot whizzed past SJU’s goalkeeper, Ange initially hung back as her team sprinted onto the field. She embraced her assistant coaches and eventually jogged out to the scene of the victory, joining Syracuse’s huddle and receiving hugs from almost every player. “Every moment since the day (ex-Athletic Director) Daryl (Gross) first called me, he said ‘Come here and win a national championship,’” Bradley said. “So winning on Coyne is something we believed in.”CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, the headline and story misstated Ange Bradley’s number of wins. She has 200 career wins as head coach at Syracuse. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more

16 Teams Qualify for HiFL Knock Out Stage

first_imgIn Umudike, ESUT Explorers topped Group D by securing seven points to go through to the Round of 16, after outclassing their opponents to outline their intentions as contenders for the trophy. The other qualification spot in the group however went down to the wire as RSU Dolphins emerged after garnering 5 points from the group.The 16 teams that have all qualified for the knock out stage include; Super Four teams from the 2018 season, UAM Tillers, Unilorin Warriors, UNICAL Malabites and OAU Giants.Others Are UI Pioneers, LASU Blazers, FUTA Tigers, UNIBEN Royals, BUK Stallions, ESUT Explorers, RSU Dolphins, UNIUYO Tuskites, FUOYE Dazzlers, FUTMINNA Transformers, KUST Pyramids and ABU Nobles.Round of 16 games are to kick off on the 24th of July, with OAU Giants renewing their rivalry with UI Pioneers in a battle for the ages in Ile-Ife.The league is organised by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).The league is proudly sponsored by Stanbic IBTC, Premier Cool and Indomie Nigeria.The top 32 universities from NUGA-member institutions will play over a period of 21 weeks, with the final four billed for the Agege Stadium, Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As South-west derby between OAU Giants, UI Pioneers headlines fixturesUAM Tillers, BSU Weavers, ESUT Explorers and RSU Dolphims have all advanced to the Round of 16 stage of the ongoing 2019 Higher Institutions Football League (HiFL) 2019 season. UAM Tillers yesterday emerged as Group H winners after qualifying automatically due to their outstanding performance as winner of the 2018 season while BUK Stallions went through as runners up after securing a tough 3-3 draw against BSU Weavers in the final game of the group.BSU Weaver’s Silas Aondover’s stellar performance certainly pleased the cheering crowd but was not enough to see the Makurdi side qualify despite his hat trick. BUK Stallions leveraged on a tight final day draw to clinch 4 points after an opening game win against NSUK Miners.UAM Tillers are paired in Group H with BSU Weavers, BUK Stallions and NSUK Miners.last_img read more

Northeast Michigan Korean war vets honored in Posen

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisNortheast Michigan military veterans were honored yesterday afternoon in Posen for their service to the country.The ceremony honored vets from all branches of military for their participation in the Korean war. Families from across the area filled the church to hear stories and show gratitude for the servicemen in their lives. The service concluded with a presentation of quilts to veterans in the community and a salute to fallen heroes. Veteran Gerald Donajkowski says fighting for the county is a true sacrifice that deserves high honors.“When you enter a battle zone, you have no idea what you are going to be involved in, what you are going to achieve, or what the ending will be. You go in there with apprehension, fear, not knowing of the unknown. And many that do not come back, those are the heroes. The rest of us, we made it back, but we are not the heroes. “AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Korean War, Leer, Leer Lutheran, Posen, veterans, warContinue ReadingPrevious Bay City man arrested after swallowing cocaineNext Outstanding Senior of the Year award presented at Alpena Senior Center brunchlast_img read more

Armed security escort teams following investigation

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Armed police officers have been escorting a western Pennsylvania high school’s sports teams to games at another school following allegations that its own soccer team used racial slurs during a game last month. School police officers traveled with Connellsville Area High School athletic teams to away games at Penn Hills High School this week.The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League investigated after Penn Hills officials said Connellsville soccer players used slurs during a Sept. 6 game.Officials concluded that allegations made by Penn Hills officials were “reasonably credible,” but they were not certain to have occurred.Penn Hills Superintendent Nancy Hines said Connellsville’s decision to bring armed security was “culturally insensitive” and asked league officials to discourage the other school from doing it.She wrote in a letter to district employees that Connellsville brought the guards to games at least three times in the past week, but never before.She said they positioned themselves near the Connellsville teams’ benches and escorted players to the bathrooms and locker rooms.Spectators were not allowed at a boys’ soccer game Monday.Connellsville Area School District Superintendent Joseph Bradley described the practice of bringing school officers to “appropriate away events” as standard practice. He said school police officers attend all home games, all playoff games and other games that involve rivalries or large crowds.Connellsville is a predominantly white school; Penn Hills has a high percentage of black students.The league has directed Connellsville Area School District student athletes to participate in racial and cultural sensitivity training.Following reports that Connellsville students, fans and players used racial slurs during the Sept. 6 soccer game, Penn Hills officials halted all games with Connellsville and sought a league investigation.The league concluded late last month that although it was not certain that slurs were used by players, the Penn Hills’ players were credible. The league determined that it was “likely that at least some racial slurs or racially insensitive comments were directed to a Penn Hills player or players.”After the investigation, Penn Hills announced it would resume playing teams from Connellsville. (Courier File Photo)last_img read more

‘State of Emergency a Blockade to Liberia’s Economy’

first_imgHundreds of Liberians using the highway connecting Bomi, Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties have complained that the blockade by the Joint Security as a result of the State of Emergency announced by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is seriously impeding their movements. They also complained that it will harm the nation’s economy.The citizens made the disclosure Thursday, August 7, to our reporter who toured the Klay area, where the Joint Security team has a checkpoint.In an interview with some of these citizens, most of whom are business people and commuters, moving between Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, they said the State of Emergency will damage economic growth for this year, if some of the measures are not reduced in favor of business people.They noted that from the economic and business perspective, the State of Emergency is a concern to them because it is going stall economic growth.“The fact is that once your country is under a State of Emergency, which in itself is a disincentive to foreign investors who will not be inclined to choose Liberia until it is lifted,” Maima Kromah, a Liberia businesswoman, who was taking a taxi loaded with goods from Monrovia to Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, indicated.A resident of Bomi County, Musa Foday, stated that local investors are already in a state of paralysis. “They will not be inclined to move ahead during this State of Emergency,” he opined.The traders argued that although the President is trying to stop the further spread of the Ebola virus in Liberia, the timing of the State of Emergency is not ripe. They believe she should have long since declared the emergency back in March when the disease first broke out.“We agree that she is using her power as the President; but people in rural Liberia need food and other things for their families. So tell me with this kind of situation right now on the this road, how are we going to feed them?” Madam Kromah wondered.The businesswoman projected that if the emergency extends into December, which is the Christmas season, it will have a severe effect on the nation’s revenue intake.All the other merchants who spoke with the Observer proposed that the government of Liberia needs to determine a strategic plan in the fight against the Ebola virus. They said the plan must make enough room for the business sector to operate, with very limited restrictions.President Sirleaf late Wednesday, August 6, declared a State of Emergency through the Republic, to be observed for 90 days (three months).In declaring the emergency, the President said the government will institute extra-ordinary measures including, if need be, the suspension of certain rights and privileges as mandated by the Constitution.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

City considers Hall of Fame

first_imgTalk about a West Covina sports hall of fame has been around for years, said Mayor Mike Touhey. “We want to do another walk of fame elsewhere where we can immortalize some of our important residents and community activists, so maybe we can talk about doing two projects,” said Touhey. Freeland said that if approved, the project could be paid for with money from the city’s Art in Public Places fund. Established in 2004, the fund generates money from commercial or residential developers that do not install public art displays at their projects. The remainder of the estimated $75,000 to $135,000 for the project could be covered from loans from the city’s general fund, Freeland said, which would be paid back as more in-lieu art project fees are received. The Lidle family is thrilled at the possibility of Cory being honored at Big League Dreams, said family spokesman Dave Bletcher, who coached Lidle throughout his youth baseball days in West Covina. “All of his youth ball was here, and he never forgot,” said Bletcher. “Every coach out here that would call him, whatever they wanted, he would do. He would come out to talk to the kids, go on trips with us.” If the council approves the project, city officials hope to complete it in time for the opening of Big League Dreams, scheduled for seven months from now. The sports complex – which will cost West Covina about $57.1 million over 30 years – will feature six replica ballfields modeled after real Big League parks and be available to youth baseball and softball leagues from throughout the area; volleyball courts and an indoor soccer pavilion; and a playground and family restaurants. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST COVINA – Late Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle – along with other products of West Covina youth baseball – could be recognized with a public art exhibit at the new Big League Dreams sports park, city officials said Monday. The City Council was scheduled to discuss options at its meeting tonight for a proposed West Covina Baseball Hall of Fame at the multimillion-dollar sports complex, which is going up at the site of the former BKK Landfill near Amar Road and Azusa Avenue. Preliminary plans call for a bronze statue of Lidle, 34, who died late last year when the small plane he was flying in crashed into a Manhattan high-rise. The proposed installation could also feature the names of Big Leaguers who got their start in West Covina, including Lidle’s Yankee and South Hills High School teammate Jason Giambi, Giambi’s brother, Jeremy, and former Dodger Jay Johnstone. Names of current and former professional ballplayers could be engraved in bricks and placed in a wall or as part of the pavement of the exhibit, said Chris Freeland, assistant to City Manager Andrew Pasmant. last_img read more

Northern Lights College offers new awards courtesy of Storm Resources

first_img“By recognizing a student’s academic achievement as well as providing financial assistance, these awards will go a long way in supporting the success of our students,” she added.In the 2014-15 academic year, the NLC Foundation awarded approximately $500,000. 5 new annual awards by Storm Resources Ltd. have been introduced to post-secondary students of Northern Lights College, totaling $9,000 together.They are:A $1,800 Storm Resources Education Award for Aboriginal Women, which is open to any female Aboriginal student enrolled at a full-time program.Two $1,800 Storm Resources Oil and Gas Field Operations Scholarships, which are open to any student enrolled in the Oil and Gas Field Operator program.And two $1,800 Storm Resources Oil and Gas Field Operations Scholarships, open to any Aboriginal student enrolled in the Oil and Gas Field Operator program.The deadline for students who wish to apple to the above awards for the September 2015 academic year is January 25, 2016.- Advertisement -“Storm recognizes the role education plays in the ongoing development of British Columbia’s northern communities,” said Carol Knudsen, the Manager Corporate Affairs of Storm Resources Ltd.“We feel privileged to be involved with NLC’s student awards program and value the opportunity to contribute to the communities in which we do business.”Donna Kane with Northern lights College Foundation said they are “pleased to be able to administrate this new awards program on behalf of Storm Resources.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Liverpool transfer update! Signing PSG star would be a gamble, claims Vickery

first_imgtalkSPORT’s South American football correspondent Tim Vickery believes it would be a gamble for Liverpool to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.The Reds are understood to be closing in on an £8million deal for the 30-year-old, in a bid to bolster their attacking options.The Merseysiders have been linked with Burnley striker Danny Ings and West Brom youngster Saido Berahino during the January transfer window, but it appears the Argentine international tops the list of Brendan Rodgers’ targets.The Anfield boss missed out on now-Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri, while their current top-goalscorer is skipper Steven Gerrard, who leaves for MLS outfit LA Galaxy in the summer.However, Vickery has questioned Lavezzi’s potential arrival, claiming he would only provide a “short-term” solution for Rodgers.“There is interest [from Liverpool],” Vickery told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “I would see this one as a little bit of a gamble.“Although it’s only £8million, he is coming up to 30 so he doesn’t really have much of a sell-on value. Also I know English clubs have looked at him in the past and one of the things that have put them off, if I can use an expression Graham Taylor used all those years ago, is his ‘re-fuelling’ habits.“You wonder if he is a player who is going to be around at a high level when he is 35. I would see it as a short-term, stop-gap solution at best.”last_img read more