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Why Paralympic gold medalist, Paul Kehinde, dies five weeks after doping ban.

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The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games gold medalist for the men’s 65kg para-powerlifting category, Paul Kehinde, is dead.

It was gathered that he died at 33 after a brief illness.

A media attached to Nigeria Paralympic Federation, Fred Edoreh, confirmed his death on Friday.

At 2016 Summer Olympics, Kehinde took the gold with a lift of 218kg and set a world and Paralympic record of 220kg with a bonus effort.

In the men’s under-72kg category at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Kehinde lifted 221kg for gold, narrowly beating compatriot Rolland Ezuruike by less than a kilogram.

Kehinde could not successfully defend his title at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, losing out to Ezuruike for the gold, but did take silver.

He died barely five weeks after being issued a 30-month ban for committing an anti-doping rule violation by the International Paralympic Committee.

In a report given by IPC on October 11, Kehinde was said to have tested positive for banned substances following a urine sample provided out-of-competition on 9 March 2020. Making this his second ADRV.

The substances; hydrochlorothiazide and its metabolite and amiloride are included on the World Anti-Doping Agency 2020 Prohibited List under the class S5 Diuretics and Masking Agents.

His disqualification period started on March 9, 2020, and is to expire on September 8, 2022, and all results since his out-of-competition test have been wiped but unfortunately he is late now.

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