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Commonwealth Games testing / Nigeria

Commonwealth Games Federation CEO, Mike Hooper, has announced that Nigerian weightlifter, Chika Amalaha, has been issued with a notice of disclosure after returning an adverse analytical finding from a in-competition test on July 25, and has been provisionally suspended from the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Ms Amalaha won the gold medal in the Women’s 53-kilogram division.

The athlete’s A sample was found to contain both amiloride and hydrochlorothiazide, both prohibited as diuretics and masking agents under class s5 of WADA’s Prohibited List.

Ms Amalaha has pursued her right to have her B sample tested, which will take place at the accredited laboratory in London on July 30.

Source CGF

IWF Comments

The sport of weightlifting has always been a leading sport in terms of the fight against doping in general and its number of doping control samples in particular.

With 1240 test already conducted in 2014, the IWF aims to clean up the sport and reach to a fair competition environment.

This impressive amount of testing, education seminars and prevention, contributes in raising awareness among athletes, officials, while at the same time the IWF also uses strict sanctioning.

Willing to protect our clean athletes, we accept no violation the IWF Anti-Doping Policy and target those countries having significant violations in the past, and others suspicious criteria.

Prior to Glasgow 2014, the Nigerian Team proceeded to late athlete replacement concerning a high number of lifters.

Nigeria was one of the countries under the scope of the IWF for this competition. There was and is an excellent cooperation and coordination between the CGF Medical Commission and the IWF and we have shared relevant testing information in order to make the target testing even more effective.

Focusing on Youth athletes and grassroots development, the IWF held seminars at each Junior, Youth and Senior World Championships and every Continental Youth Qualification Event to educate the younger generation.

Considering the young age of the athlete, the IWF will seriously investigate the entourage as well.