Joy Chika Amalaha

Further Personal Information
Residence
Aba, NGR
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Higher education
Biotechnology, Plant Science - Michael Okpara University of Agriculture : Nigeria
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began weightlifting in 2010 at age 13 in Kano State, Nigeria.
Why this sport?
"I wanted to show my friends and loved ones how strong I was. I never knew it would take me to this stage of life."
Name of coach
Evelyn Timothy [personal], NGR, from 2010
International Debut
Year
2013
Competing for
Nigeria
Tournament
Commonwealth Championship
Location
Malaysia
General Interest
Hobbies
Reading, cooking. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2018)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Proper preparation prevents poor performance." (Athlete, 22 Aug 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the Olympic Games. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2018)
Other information
SANCTION
She tested positive for the banned substances amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide while at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She received a two-year suspension and was stripped of the gold medal that she had won in the 53kg category at the Games. She was eligible to return to competition on 25 July 2016. (bbc.co.uk, 01 Aug 2014; iwf.net, 2018)

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