Iuniarra Sipaia

Samoan weightlifter Iuniarra Sipaia earns a spot at the Tokyo Olympics

Her qualification has been confirmed by SWA Samoa Weightlifting President Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork.

The 27-year-old is competing in the super weight category and is ranked 8th in the world.

She has represented Samoa in several international competitions such as Pacific Mini Games, Commonwealth Games, Oceania Weightlifting Championships and Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games.

Sipaia won bronze medal in the 2011 Pacific Games.

Samoan weightlifter cleared, ban overturned

But the decision by the International Weightlifting Federation has come too late for the 24-year-old to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

Iuniarra Sipaia was originally banned for using triamcinolone acetonide at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in September.

The Samoa Weightifting Federation appealed, saying they had been using the drug to treat injuries for years and were not made aware the rules had changed.

Federation President Jerry Wallwork said it was a relief Sipaia's name had been cleared.

Banned Samoan lifter says Dr told her drugs weren't banned

Sipaia told the Samoa Observer she had done nothing wrong and was innocent because she had never intended to take drugs to enhance her performance.

However, in speaking out, she has also put Olympic silver medalist Ele Opeloge and her sister, Pacific Games gold medalist Mary Opeloge in the spotlight.

Sipaia told the newspaper that a 'Doctor Tala' had told her the injection was not a banned substance and that he had used the same on Ele, Mary and other lifters.