Manju charged for taking banned drugs


Reliable sources revealed ‘Sunday Island’ yesterday that the Commonwealth Games officials in New Delhi have informed their Sri Lankan counterparts that the Lankan Gold Medal winning boxer Manju Wanniarachchi has taken banned drugs.

The relevant document which the Sri Lankan officials have received from New Delhi is allegedly saying that Wanniarachchi’s initial urine samples, or ‘A’ samples, taken during the Commonwealth Games, contained Nandrolone, a banned substance.

Now, Wanniarachchi, winner of the Commonwealth Games’ 56kg Bantam Weight category, could appeal for a second (‘B’ Sample) test and still be freed if such test does not reveal any banned substance in his urine sample.

At a special meeting, reportedly held Friday, with the participation of Wanniarachchi, his manager Dian Gomes and local officials on banned drugs, the 30-year-old boxer has said he had been under medication for wheeze and has never taken Nandrolone to his knowledge.

Each Gold medal winner in this year’s Commonwealth Games, which ended on Oct. 14, was tested for banned drugs and, in this kind of a situation, the medal the sportsperson has won would be with the National Olympic Committee of the relevant country and, if he or she is proved guilty, that will be stripped of the winner and the silver medallist of the particular sport event would be given the Gold.

Therefore, our sources further revealed that the Gold medal Manju won beating Sean McGoldrick of Wales in a close fight to win Sri Lanka her first Gold in Commonwealth Games boxing after 72 years, is now with the SL National Olympic Committee.

Our effort to contact NOC President Hemasiri Fernando, Gomes or the head of the national Sports Medicine Unit Dr. Geethanjana Mendis was unsuccessful.

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