Nigeria Weightlifting Gold Medallist Suspended After Failing Dopping Test

Nigeria’s 16 year old weightlifting sensation Chika Amalaha who won gold in the weightlifting category last week has been provisionally suspended after failing doping tests.

Amalaha tested positive for traces of diuretics and masking agents after providing a sample shortly after her win.

Commonwealth Federation Chief Exceutive Mark Hooper said in a statement, “We [have] issued a formal notice of disclosure to an athlete following an adverse analytical finding as a consequence of an in-competition test. That athlete is Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha who was tested on July 25th. That athlete has now been suspended from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”

“The substances are diuretics and masking agents. In general terms, these substances are on the prohibited list for two reasons – firstly in weight category sports they can be used to unfairly aid weight loss … and secondly, their use has been reported in attempts to mask the presence in the body of other prohibited substances.”

“The relevant processes, as detailed in our anti-doping standard for the Games, are now being followed and Ms Amalaha has pursued her right to have her B sample tested. This will take place at an accredited laboratory in London tomorrow, 30 July. Upon receipt of those results the process will continue.”

Amalaha had won gold on Friday in the women’s 53kg weightlifting category at the games currently taking place in Glasgow.

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