Sri Lanka’s lone gold medallist fails dope test: report

October 24, 2010 (AFP) – Sri Lanka’s only gold medallist at this month’s Commonwealth Games, boxer Manju Wanniarachchi, has tested positive for a banned steroid, a report said Sunday. The privately run Lakbima News newspaper said Wanniarachchi, 30, who had brought home the island’s first Commonwealth boxing gold in 72 years, had tested positive for the performance-enhancing steroid nandrolone.

The paper said the Commonwealth Games organisers had sent a report to Sri Lanka’s National Olympic Committee and informed the boxer of the result with his urine “A” sample.

There was no immediate confirmation from the committee or Sri Lanka’s sports authorities.

Wanniarachchi had beaten Welshman Sean McGoldrick in the final round of the Bantamweight category to clinch the gold.

The boxer can request a “B” sample test. If the outcome remains unchanged, he risks being stripped of his gold medal and could face a two-year ban from all competition. Sri Lanka also won one silver and one bronze medal for boxing and weightlifting during the October 3-14 Delhi games.