Sunday, August 03, 2014

Nigerian disqualified, gold goes to PNG weightlifter Dika Toua

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The Commonwealth Games Federation has determined that Nigerian weightlifter, Chika Amalaha, has committed an anti-doping rule violation and has fully suspended her from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

As a result, Ms Amalaha has been disqualified from her event at the Games, with her result in the Women’s Weightlifting 53 kilogram competition nullified.

Ms Amalaha has returned her gold medal and Glasgow 2014 Quaich.

The ruling follows a hearing before the CGF’s Federation Court, presided by HRH Prince Imran, after the analysis of both A and B samples confirmed the adverse analytical findings of amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, both prohibited as diuretics and masking agents under class s5 of WADA’s Prohibited List.

Ms Amalaha did not contest the findings at her hearing before the Federation Court in Glasgow today.

The gold medal for the woman’s weightlifting 53-kilogram competition will now be awarded to Dika Toua from Papua New Guinea, with the silver going to Santoshi Matsa of India and the bronze to Swati Singh, also of India.

Toua lifted 193 kilograms in the competition to set a new Commonwealth Games record.

In accordance with the CGF Anti-Doping Standards the documents pertaining to Ms Amalaha have now been referred to the IWF and WADA for their further consideration.

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