An Iraqi has been become the latest powerlifter to test positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) has announced.

Hussein Juboori has been suspended for four years following a positive test for the anabolic steroid oxandrolone and its metabolite epioxandrolone in a urine sample provided on March 16 after he had competed at the FAZZA Powerlifting Championships in Dubai.

The substance is included on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) 2015 Prohibited List under the category S1.1A Exogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroids (AAS) and is prohibited at all times, both in and out of competition.

As a result of his violation, the 33-year-old Juboori will be ineligible from competition for four years from May 11, 2015, until 10 May 2019.

All Juboori's results obtained from the date of the test and onward will be disqualified, including forfeiture of any medals, points, records and prizes.

Juboori, whose walking impaired due to poliomyelitis, became a national hero in Iraq five years ago when he won his country's first gold medal at the inaugural Asian Para Games in Guangzhou, claiming victory in the men's 52 kilogram powerlifting,

Afterwards Juboori, who took up the sport in 2003, said he "dedicated it to my country and my people".

He had competed at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012, finishing fourth and sixth respectively. 

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Hussein Juboori won the gold medal at the Asian Para Games in Guangzhou in 2010 but is now banned for four years following a positive drugs test for anabolic steroids ©Asian Paralympic Committee

Powerlifting has long provided serious concern for the IPC and the sport has been plagued with doping cases, many of which came about after the World Championships. 

Georgia's Iago Gorgodze was handed a four-year ban in January for testing positive for a prohibited substance and he will now not be able to compete until 2018.

His suspension followed Brazilian Emerson Barbosa’s lifetime ban following two positive tests in the space of five years last August.

United Arab Emirates Rashed Hassan Ahmed and Kazakhstan's Oleg Gridassov were both given two-year bans for separate doping offences committed during the 2014 World Championships.

Those two cases came after Russia's Ilfat Mukhatarov tested positive for Indapamide ahead of the World Championships, while Ivan Palacios of Colombia was handed a reduced one-year ban after it was found he'd taken both Chlorothiazide and Hydrochlorothiazide for medical purposes.

This year, the IPC are continuing to try and tackle the issue through their Raise the Bar - Say No! to Doping programme.

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