Commonwealth Games 2014: Nigerian Weightlifting Winner Fails Doping Test

Chika Amalaha won the gold medal in 53-kilogram division but has tested positive for diuretics and masking agents.

Updated: July 29, 2014 16:44 IST
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Chika Amalaha of Nigeria during the women's 53 kg weightlifting competition at the Commonwealth Games.

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Glasgow: Nigerian teenage weightlifter Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games after testing positive in a doping test taken after she won gold in the women's 53kg category, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced Tuesday. (Day 6 developments)

The 16-year-old Amalaha provided an 'A' sample on July 25 which revealed traces of diuretics and masking agents.

She will have a 'B' sample tested at a laboratory in London on July 30. Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said: "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."

Amalaha snatched a best of 85kg before managing 111kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 196kg, to become the youngest Commonwealth weightlifter gold medallist.

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