Jan 29, 2019

Indian Lab confirms Kalinga Kumara used steroids

A medical report issued by a lab in New Delhi, India has confirmed that athlete Kalinga Kumara had used banned performance enhancement drugs.

Accordingly, The Sri Lanka Anti-Doping Agency (SLADA) had taken action against him.

The report findings were notified to SLADA yesterday and they had banned Kumara from participating in any future events.

His urine sample had confirmed that he had used anabolic steroids and a special investigation is underway to find out who had supplied him these drugs. This is a black mark on Sri Lankan athletics and SLADA said Kalinga Kumara and anyone who had supplied him the banned substance or aided him in using them, they would all be banned for years.

In the event anyone is found guilty of aided in this incident by the High Court, they would have to face a jail term of not more than two years and fined between Rs. 500,000 to a million, according to the anti-doping act.

Initial medical tests had proved that Kalinga had used a banned substance called Anabolic-Androgenic steroid while competing in the Men’s 200m and 400m events at the Sri Lanka Army Athletics Meet held in October at the Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo “Kalinga could now provide his urine ‘B’ sample for further medical tests but he will need to bear all costs for this exercise”, said the Head of the SLADA.

They did the A’ sample test and after the athlete pleaded not guilty, the same test was sent to India for a B sample.

The urine samples of four athletes who contested in the inter regimental athletics meet were sent to a lab in India for testing, but only Kumara’s urine sample tested positive for anabolic steroids.

It is also reported that there is uncertainty as to who Kalinga Kumara’s actual coach is as the name of one coach is on the Athletics Association list, while the SLADA representative had been given another name.