May 08, Kuala Lumpur: The Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) Federation Court has found Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi guilty of using an illegal stimuli today and decided to strip him of his gold medal.
The Federation Court, which met in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia today, has decided to disqualify the athlete from the 2010 Commonwealth Games and nullify his competition results at the 2010 Delhi Games.
The Court has ruled that that the medal awarded to him be forfeited and returned to the CGF.
Announcing the decision, Federation Court Chairman, and CGF Vice President, HRH Tunku Imran has said the athlete can appeal the decision within 21 days.
“The Federation Court has given its decision but under the CGF Anti-Doping Standards there is now a 21 day window for the athlete to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”
According to the Federation Court, 31-year old Wanniarachchi, who won the Gold Medal in the 56kg Bantamweight division in Delhi, returned an adverse analytical finding from an anti-doping test conducted during last October’s Commonwealth Games.
His test sample was found to contain 19-Norandrosterone, a prohibited Anabolic Agent under category S1 of the WADA List of Prohibited Substances.
Subject to the conclusion of any appeals process, the gold medal in the bantamweight 56kg weight division will be awarded to Sean McGoldrick from Wales, the CGF announced.
Wanniarachchi, who hails from Kandy, beat McGoldrick narrowly to earn Sri Lanka the first gold medal in boxing in 72 years at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.
Wanniarachchi was due to appear before the Federation Court in Jamaica in January, however an illness precluded his legal representative from attending the hearing and the matter was postponed until today (May 8).
Former Attorney General C.R. de Silva and Counsel Kalinga Indrathissa represented Wanniarachchi at Kuala Lumpur.
In accordance with the CGF Anti-Doping Standards the documents pertaining to Wanniarachchi have now been referred to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and WADA for whatever additional action they consider appropriate, the CGF said.