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Federation Court decision on Wanniarachchi
Sunday, 8 May 2011
The Commonwealth Games Federation’s (CGF) Federation Court, meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to consider the matter of Sri Lankan boxer Manju Wanniarachchi, has determined that the athlete be disqualified from the 2010 Commonwealth Games and his competition results at the Delhi Games be nullified.
The Court has ruled that that the medal awarded to him be forfeited and returned to the CGF.
Federation Court Chairman, and CGF Vice President, HRH Tunku Imran, said:
"The Federation Court has given 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."
"We understand that this has been a long process for all involved and we hope that it is finalised as soon as possible."
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.
Mr Wanniarachchi 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.
He was due to appear before the Federation Court in Jamaica in January, however an illness precluded Mr Wanniarachchi’s legal representative from attending the hearing and the matter was postponed until today (May 8).
In accordance with the CGF Anti-Doping Standards the documents pertaining to Mr Wanniarachchi have now been referred to the International Boxing Association (AIBA) and WADA for whatever additional action they consider appropriate.
The full decision of the Federation Court is available for download by clicking here.