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17 year old Nigerian Commonwealth Gold Medalist Chika Amalaha Stripped of Medal over Doping Violation



20th Commonwealth Games - Day 2: Weightlifting

GLASGOW (NAN) ― The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has stripped Nigeria’s weightlifter Chika Amalaha of the gold medal she won at the ongoing 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Amalaha failed a drug test on Tuesday after her A sample showed traces of diuretics and masking agents.

The athlete, who won a weightlifting gold in the 53 kg class on July 25, had her B sample also tested in London on Wednesday which confirmed that she took the banned substances.

Amalaha was provisionally suspended by the CGF on July 29, while she waited for the result of her B sample.

Gbenga Elegbeleye, the Director-General of the National Sports Commission (NSC), told newsmen after hearing on Friday that the CGF had stripped Nigeria of the gold medal Amalaha won.

The CGF’s letter to the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) which Elegbeleye read to newsmen states as follows:

“Further to your (Amalaha) appearance today at the federation’s court (CGF) we hereby notify you that the court has decided that you have violated its rules through the use of banned drugs.

“The class of substances contained in her urine sample collected on July 29, 2014 are diuretic and masking agent as well as Hydrochlorothiazide.

“The court decision is that the following sanctions be imposed on you; that you are fully suspended from the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

“That you are disqualified from the 53kg weightlifting event within which you took part at the 2014 Commonwealth Games with all results nullified.

“That the gold medal and price awarded to you should be forfeited and returned.’’

Elegbeleye pointed out that the CGF had informed the NOC that the medals would immediately be withdrawn from Nigeria on the medals table.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), however, reports that the gold medal has yet to be withdrawn from Nigeria on the medals table as at the time this reports. 

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Julian Finney

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  1. bruno

    August 3, 2014 at 1:54 am

    I believe with or without the drugs, she would have still won the medal, but Don’t worry gurl, you’re still our champion, (I like women who play sports.)

  2. okey dubai

    August 3, 2014 at 7:57 am

    it’s a pity!

  3. hummm

    August 3, 2014 at 10:27 am

    What a disgrace to the nation .Trying to game the system will always get you in trouble.

  4. Mostest

    August 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Shame shame shame. As people have said, black people are targeted when it comes to doping, if you know this why would you still risk it? Abi did her dibia promise her it will go undetected? The fact she’s claiming 16 is bad enough

  5. Apostle Prince O

    August 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Its quit painful when I heard this news. Some how, within me, I didn’t seem to believe this oyibo people at first, because there is nothing they cannot manipulate. Why her own test only? Anyway, thank God for her dexterity and the gut to go for this kind of game. NB:-Lesson learnt “To become the world’s BEST, you don’t to get high on substances, but to Depend on God and to Practice” Let her try again. Others BEWARE!!

  6. amaa

    August 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    Everyone managing her should be arrested from her Nutritionists to her trainer.What the heck!!!!! she is a minor and I believe who ever convinced her to do this should also be bared from coaching or training any athlete. Rubbish!!!!! I am so pained now the National sports council wont do their job if its to fly private jet and stay in the poshiest hotel while on a competition doing nothing they will quickly score A.

  7. austine

    August 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    shes really a strong girl,to be frank,when yu see her fetching water,,u get intimidated,,lol,,,its funny shes claiming 16,,,do see her in ma school(mouau),sometime last semester,,,,and to be frank,,shes older than me,,,(note:am 21)

  8. ezinne

    August 9, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    i heard someone say the zogbo she took before travelling caused that…lol…
    i dunno…she’s an elusive lodgemate at school. not boastful at all. she is really nice and just for that fact she got our back

  9. O g o

    August 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Why the test after giving her the gold,they would have done that before the game.Anyways shame on her,exposing her to drugs at that age She claimed tO be.

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