Nigerian weightlifter stripped of gold medal after positive doping test confirmed

Friday, 01 August 2014
By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Glasgow

Chika Amalaha has been stripped of her gold medal ©AFP/Getty ImagesNigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha has been stripped of her 53kg weightlifting title this afternoon after a B-sample confirmed her positive doping test, with gold being awarded instead to Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea.

This ruling follows a hearing before the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Court today, presided over by its President Prince Imran, after both samples confirmed the adverse analytical findings of amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, both prohibited as diuretics and masking agents under class s5 of the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

A statement by the CGF this afternoon confirmed Amalaha did not contest the findings at her hearing, and the document relating to her violation has now been referred to the International Weightlifting Federation and the World Anti-Doping Agency for their further consideration.

The 16-year-old has already returned her gold medal and, as well as being disqualified from her event, she will be stripped of her accreditation and forced to leave the Games sites.

Dika Toua of Papua New Guinea will now be awarded gold ©AFP/Getty ImagesDika Toua of Papua New Guinea will now be awarded gold ©AFP/Getty Images





The gold medal will instead be awarded to Dika Toua from Papua New Guinea, the athlete who 14 years ago became the first ever female weightlifter to participate in an Olympic competition, for her country's second gold medal of the Games.

Toua lifted 193 kilograms in the competition last Friday (July 25) to set a new Commonwealth Games record.

Silver will go to Santoshi Matsa of India, while compatriot Swati Singh will be upgraded to bronze.

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