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16-year-old weightlifter banned after testing positive for doping at Commonwealth Games

Nigerian teenager Chika Amalaha became the youngest ever gold medallist in the event this week.

Amalaha during the women's 53kg event.
Amalaha during the women's 53kg event.
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NIGERIAN TEEN WEIGHTLIFTER Chika Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Commonwealth Games after testing positive in a doping test taken after she won gold in the women’s 53kg category, the Commonwealth Games Federation announced this morning.

The 16-year-old Amalaha provided an ‘A’ sample on July 25 which revealed traces of diuretics and masking agents.

She will have a ‘B’ sample tested at a laboratory in London on 30 July.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive Mike Hooper said: “We [have] issued a formal notice of disclosure to an athlete following an adverse analytical finding as a consequence of an in-competition test.

That athlete is Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha who was tested on July 25th. That athlete has now been suspended from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.”

Amalaha snatched a best of 85kg before managing 111kg in the clean and jerk for a total of 196kg, to become the youngest Commonwealth weightlifter gold medallist.

Britain Commonwealth Games Amalaha kisses her gold medal. Source: Alastair Grant

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