Sri Lanka seeks reprieve for banned sprinter

April 21, 2008 (AFP) – Sri Lanka will ask the world athletics governing body to grant a reprieve to banned woman sprinter Jani Chaturangani de Silva, the sports minister said Monday.

“I have asked the lawyers to compile the facts related to Jani’s ban so that I could make a request to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations),” Gamini Lokuge told AFP.

Lokuge said he believed there had been technical flaws in the investigation against De Silva, who won silver medals in 100 metres in the South Asia Federation Games in 2006 and 2008.

She tested positive for nandrolone in a urine sample tested in Malaysia after the 2006 Games in Colombo.

“I was told that the urine samples were not in a dry ice container when they were sent to Malaysia,” Lokuge said.

He said he would also be requesting the IAAF to back-date her ban from September 14, 2006.

The IAAF last week banned her for two years with effect from April 14, 2008, ruling that all her achievements since August 2006 be withdrawn. .