Friday, 1 August 2014

Nigerian Weightlifter, Chika Amalaha, Stripped Of Her Commonwealth Games Gold

It was confirmed on Friday morning that the B sample analysis, requested by 
16-year-old Amalaha, had returned another positive result and that made it inevitable she would lose her title.

At an afternoon hearing of the Commonwealth Games Federation court, it was confirmed Amalaha would be disqualified, a CGF spokeswoman confirmed.

The spokeswoman, promising a full statement from the CGF later, said: "It is correct that she has been stripped of the gold medal."

Amalaha went through doping control after her victory in the 52kg class at the Clyde Auditorium on July 25, and the results showed traces of diuretics and maskings agents. 

CGF chief executive Mike Hooper said earlier on Friday:

"I can report that the analysis on the Nigerian weightlifting Chika Amalaha's B sample has been completed, and this has confirmed the analysis and finding of the A result."

The CGF disciplinary hearing was chaired by the federation's president, Malaysian Prince Imran. Their decision brings a sorry saga to its natural conclusion, with Amalaha having provided an early feel-good story before the full context of her achievement was revealed.

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