Today, the Egyptian Paralympic Committee revealed on Facebook that the date had been set for Fatma Omar at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to deal with an appeal related to a positive doping test that resulted in the International Paralympic Committee banning her from powerlifting for two years.
Omar will be represented by Sami Boussarsar from Tunis, Tunisia. The International Paralympic Commitee will be represented by Mike Townley from Germany. The arbitrators assigned this case are Laurence Boisson de Chazournes and Michele Bernasconi, both lawers from Switzerland.
Last year, the Egyptian Paralympic Committee said Omar did not knowingly violate doping rules as she took the medications under doctor’s supervision. They assigned blame for the two-year suspension on members of the Egyptian Paralympic Committee for failing to follow-up with the International Paralympic Committee to avoid this outcome.
Omar’s suspension was one of a spate of suspensions for powerlifters last year, including Iran’s Roohallah Rostami , United Arab Emirates’ Rashed Hassan Ahmed and Kazakhstan’s Oleg Gridassov, for doping violations.