Vidanage banned for four years
Sri Lanka’s Commonwealth Games Gold medalist - weightlifter Chinthana
Vidanage who was accused of taking a banned stimulant at the Asia
Weightlifting Championships in China where he was placed fourth, faces a
four year ban.
Vidanage’s four year ban was imposed with effect from May 13, 2011 by
the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for using banned
stimulant Methylhexaneamine, Sri Lanka Weightlifting Federation Vice
President Poorna Kahingala said.
However, Kahingala said that this stimulant was included in the AWF’s
list of banned substances at the start of this year and the SLWF did not
expect such a tough punishment on Vidanage. However Vidanage has nine
more days to make an appeal to the IWF.
Vidanage won the gold medal in the men’s 62 kg category
weightlifting, Sri Lanka’s first weightlifting gold medal, in the 2006
Commonwealth Games held in Australia.