CGF confirms dope flunk of Sri Lankan boxer

Updated: Oct 25, 2010, 15:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games Federation
on Monday confirmed that Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi, who
won gold in bantamweight category, tested positive for a
banned substance during the CWG here.

Wanniarachchi tested positive for anabolic agent
19-Norandrosterone to become the fifth athlete to fail a dope
test after Nigerian trio of Samuel Okon, Damola Osayemi and
Folashade Abugan and Indian Rani Yadav.

"Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi has been named as
the fifth athlete to return an adverse analytical finding from
anti-doping tests conducted during the recent Commonwealth
Games in Delhi," CGF said in a statement.

"The A sample of Wanniarachchi, who took the gold medal
in the bantamweight competition on October 13, was found to
contain 19-Norandrosterone, a prohibited Anabolic Agent under
category S1 of the WADA List of Prohibited Substances and
Methods," the statement said.

"In accordance with CGF Anti Doping Standard,
Wanniarachchi has been notified of the finding through the Sri
Lankan Commonwealth Games Association. The athlete now has
until November 4th to respond to the finding, after which the
formal Hearing Process will commence," it said.

Yesterday, privately run `Lakbima News` newspaper
reported that 30-year-old Wanniarachchi, who had brought home
the island`s first Commonwealth boxing gold in 72 years, had
tested positive for the performance-enhancing steroid
nandrolone.

110m hurdler Okon and Osayemi, who was stripped of her
gold in the women`s 100m, and 20km race walker Yadav tested
positive for banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

Abugan tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and
she was also stripped off her women`s 400m and 4x400m relay
silver medals.

PTI