Sri Lankan boxer`s hearing delayed

A hearing into the doping case of gold-medal winning Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi has been postponed until May, the Commonwealth Games Federation said.

Last Updated: Jan 18, 2011, 13:44 PM IST

New Delhi: A hearing into the doping case of gold-medal winning Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi has been postponed until May, the Commonwealth Games Federation
said.

Wanniarachchi, who won a gold medal in the 56kg weight category in boxing during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi last year, was suppose to face CGF`s Federation Court today in Kingston, Jamaica after returning an adverse analytical finding from an anti-doping test during the mega-event.

The federation said that the hearing was postponed at the request of the athlete and his legal team after an illness precluded Wanniarachchi`s legal representative from attending
the Court in Jamaica today.
Now the hearing will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in May.

CGF President Michael Fennell said the decision to delay the hearing had not been taken lightly and the arrangements with all parties concerned had been made for the matter to be
heard on January 17th.
"However, under the rules of the CGF`s Anti-Doping Standard (ADS) and the WADA code, all athletes are entitled to legal representation at their hearing and consequently the late application for a postponement was agreed.

"While the delay is regrettable, it is unavoidable given the circumstances."

PTI