Banned Doping Substances In Chika Amalaha’s Blood Came From Zobo

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If you gonna compete in professional tournaments, Zobo is not your friend. Ask Nigerian weightlifter Chika Amalaha.

According to the treasurer of the Nigerian Weightlifters association, Andrew Ekanem, Amalaha, 16, tested postive for the banned substances because of her continuous taking on the local drink.

The weightlifting coach said in an interview with Brilla FM 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.’’

Amalaha was Nigeria’s first gold medal winner in Glasgow, equalling the Games snatch record of 82kg with her first attempt before lifting 85kg on her third. According to the International Weightlifting Federation, she was the youngest woman to win a weightlifting title in the Games history.

Meanwhile, 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.



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