Andrew Ekanem, the Treasurer of Nigeria Weighlifting Coaches Association has disclosed the reason why Chika Amalaha, who was stripped of her gold medal in the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, tested positive to a banned substance.
Speaking during an interview with Brila FM, yesterday, August 7, he said Amalaha had been warned several times against drinking ‘Zobo’, but all the entreaties fell on deaf ears, according to reports from PMNews.[eap_ad_2]
The weightlifting coach alleged further that even the medical team warned her against drinking the local drink at the Abuja camp before the Games, but she always sneaked out of camp to have the drink.
While expressing dismay over the fate that befell Amalaha, Ekanem who was close to tears alleged thus: ‘‘It was unfortunate that Amalaha was stripped of the medal she won at the Commonwealth Games, I could recall that after she was warned against drinking ‘Zobo’ after the African Youth Games in Gaborone, Botswana last May where she won three gold medals, when we returned to Abuja for camping ahead of the Commonwealth Games, she still sneaked out to drink ‘Zobo’ again.’’
According to the International Weightlifting Federation, she was the youngest woman to win a weightlifting title in the Games history.After Amalaha was stripped of the medal Dika Toua from Papua New Guinea was awarded the gold medal with the India duo Santoshi Matsa and Swati Singh claiming silver and bronze respectively.[eap_ad_3]