statement expected tomorrow
“We are waiting for a statement.
After that only a decision can be taken” Dr. Geethanjana
Mendis – the head of the Sports Medecine Unit
of the Ministry of Sports told The Sunday Times when
asked about Jani Chathurangi. Earlier in the week the
Silver Medalist in the 200 metres at the SAF Games,
had tested positive for banned drug. Chathurangi was
also part of the Lankan Womens team that won the Gold
Medal in the 4x200 metres relay.
The hearing was held on Thursday. Chathurangi
had come with a medical certificate stating that she
was ill. As a result the hearing has been rescheduled
for tomorrow. According to Dr. Mendis the application
for a ‘B’ sample has already been sent to
the sprinter. But no action can be taken until after
the first hearing.
National Coach Derwin Perera said
that he could not comment as Chathurangi has not stated
anything. National Olympic Committee Chairman Hemasiri
Fernando said much the same thing.
Along with Chathurangi two Pakistani
boxers were also found to have taken a banned substance.
Informed sources told The Sunday Times that the chances
of exoneration for either of the three were very slim.
As a result the source pointed out though Sri Lanla
would lose a gold/ silver medal, the hosts would be
awarded two gold medals as both Pakistani boxers fought
Lankan opponents in their respective finals.