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SIAFFA James
Sport Para powerlifting
NPC Liberia   
GenderMen
Age42
Place of BirthBuchanan, LBR
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport in 1995.
Why this sport?
He was introduced to the sport by a friend.
Senior International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Liberia
Location
Dubai, UAE
General Interest
Nicknames
Bobby the Big (libolympicblog.wordpress.com, 01 Aug 2012)
Awards and honours
He was Liberia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (paralympic.org, 29 Aug 2012)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first athlete from any sport to represent Liberia at the Paralympic Games when he competed at the 2012 Games in London. (lib2012olympics.wordpress.com, 30 Aug 2012)

SANCTION
In May 2012 he was suspended for three months after testing positive for the banned substance prednisone at the 2012 FAZZA International Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. His sentence was reduced from two years to three months because he had informed doping control officers prior to the test that he had taken a painkiller for a shoulder injury two weeks before the competition, and had been assured by a certified pharmacist that it did not contain substances on the prohibited list. (paralympic.org, 08 May 2012)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
7 2012 82.5kg 190
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
10 2010 75kg 170.0
European Open Championships
Rank Year Event Result
  2015 72kg  DNS