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CWG: Lankan gold medalist fails drug test

Wanniarachchi beat Welshman Sean McGoldrick in the bantamweight final and was given a rousing welcome for winning a first gold for SL.

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Updated:October 25, 2010, 7:59 PM IST
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CWG: Lankan gold medalist fails drug test
Wanniarachchi beat Welshman Sean McGoldrick in the bantamweight final and was given a rousing welcome for winning a first gold for SL.
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Colombo: Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi has failed a doping test at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi where he won a gold medal earlier this month, a sports ministry official said on Sunday.

Wanniarachchi, 37, faces being stripped of the medal if found guilty of a doping offence.

The sports ministry official said that Sri Lanka has been informed by officials in New Delhi that he tested positive for the steroid nandrolone.

Wanniarachchi beat Welshman Sean McGoldrick in the bantamweight final and was given a rousing welcome for winning a first gold for Sri Lanka at the Games in 72 years.

Immediately after the report on the positive test the boxer filed a police complaint that he suspects that a doctor who administered an injection on him two months back may have been responsible for injecting the steroid.

The doctor who originally claimed to hold a medical degree has now found not to be a properly qualified medical doctor, according to investigating police.

The boxer's coach Dian Gomes said he was shocked about the outcome of the doping test.

Wanniarachchi has two weeks to request the examination of the b-sample. He faces losing the medal if the second test confirms the original finding and he is found guilty of a doping offence. In this case the gold would go to McGoldrick.

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