Two athletes found positive for banned stuff


Chanaka Jayasekara (left) and Sandaruwan Wedagedara have been found positive for a banned substance.

by Reemus Fernando

A sprinter and middle distance runner have been tested positive for a banned substance during tests conducted at the selection trials for the Asian Athletics Championships.

Both Sandaruwan Wedagedara and Chanaka Jayasekara have been tested positive for banned substance nandrolone, a source close to athletes told The Island.

The two athletes who had excelled at top national level at some stage of their careers were not the best performers in their disciplines when they were tested during the selection trials held early this year for the Asian Championships in Doha.

Sri Lanka Athletics Association conducted two trials to pick the team for the Asian Athletics Championship early this year. Although both athletes took part non of them could impress selectors.

Wedagedara returned the best time (1:50.92 seconds) in the 800 metres heats but was placed second behind GR Chathuranga (1:50.47 secs) in the final at the first selection trial held in February.

Jayasekara returned a below par time of 49.39 seconds to be placed sixth in the 400 metres final at the last selection trial held in March.

A source said that one athlete had retired since then to take up Education Ministry’s recently introduced schools coach job.

With the latest positive cases the number of track and field athletes found positive for banned substances during the last one and half years has increased to four.

Top national sprinter Kalinga Kumara and schools athlete Chelsea Melani of Bentota National School were tested positive for banned substances at two different athletics championships last year.

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