Egyptian female powerlifter Fatma Omar has been ruled ineligible by the International Paralympic Committee to compete at the 2016 Summer Paralympics because of a doping violation that resulted in a two year ban from competition. Omar is a four-time Paralympic champion, having competed at the 200, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Games.
According to the Egyptian Paralympic Committee on Facebook, Omar did not knowingly violate doping rules as she took the medications under doctor’s supervision. The post assigns blame for the two year suspension to members of the Egyptian Paralympic Committee for failing to follow up with the International Paralympic Committee to avoid just this outcome.
Earlier in the year at the Dubai hosted 2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships, Omar defeated Mexic0’s Amalia Perez to claim gold and set a world record of 135.5kg in her weight class. The competition featured IPC Powerlifting’s “Raise the Bar – Say No! to Doping” training, designed to educated lifters, their coaches and officials on doping.
Omar’s suspension is one of a spate of suspensions for powerlifters this year, including Iran’s Roohallah Rostami , United Arab Emirates’ Rashed Hassan Ahmed and Kazakhstan’s Oleg Gridassov, for doping violations.