Commonwealth Games scandal: Amalaha tested positive because she drank ‘Zobo’ – Coach

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20th Commonwealth Games - Day 2: WeightliftingAndrew Ekanem, Treasurer of Nigeria Weighlifting Coaches Association has disclosed reason why Chika Amalaha, who was stripped of her gold medal in just concluded Commonwealth in Glasgow, Scotland, tested positive a banned substance.

Ekanem said teenage athlete might have allegedly gotten prohibited substance her consistent drinking of a local drink called ‘Zobo’.

Amalaha, 16, who won women’ 53kg , provided positive “A” and “B” samples that contained prohibited diuretics and masking agents and had be stripped of the medal she won.

Speaking during an interview 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 reports 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 , but she always sneaked 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 , I could recall that after she was warned against drinking ‘Zobo’ after the African Youth in Gaborone, Botswana last May where she won three gold medals, when we returned to Abuja for camping ahead of the Commonwealth , she still sneaked to drink ‘Zobo’ again.’’

According to the International Weightlifting , she was the youngest woman to win a weightlifting title in the Games history.After Amalaha was stripped of the medal Dika Toua Papua was awarded the gold medal the India duo Santoshi Matsa and Swati Singh claiming silver and bronze respectively.[eap_ad_3]