Glasgow - Nigeria teenager Chika Amalaha, at 16 the youngest female weightlifter
to win a Commonwealth Games gold medal, has failed a doping test, the
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said on Tuesday.
She failed an in-competition test after winning the women's 53kg
competition on Friday, testing positive for banned diuretics and masking
Amalaha has been provisionally suspended from the Games, CGF chief executive Mike Hooper said in a statement.
"The athlete's A sample was found to contain both amiloride and
hydrochlorothiazide, both prohibited as diuretics and masking agents
under class s5 of Wada's Prohibited List," he said.
"Ms Amalaha has pursued her right to have her B sample tested, which
will take place at the accredited laboratory in London on July 30."
Amalaha was Nigeria's first gold medal winner in Glasgow, equalling the
Games snatch record of 82kg with her first attempt before reaching 85kg
on her third.
Her combined total of 196kg was also a Games record, and according to
the International Weightlifting Federation she is the youngest women to
win a weightlifting title in Games history.