Ghanaian boxer Shakul Samed has been suspended by Commonwealth Games chiefs on day one of sporting action in Birmingham after failing a doping test.
The 23-year-old light heavyweight was due to face Mauritius’s Luc Jean Rosalba in the first round of his competition, but Rosalba instead won via a walkover.
Samed’s A sample was found to contain the prohibited substance furosemide, a diuretic and masking agent.
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“The Commonwealth Games Federation Anti-Doping and Medical Commission has confirmed that the sample of Shakul Samed, a boxer from Ghana, violated anti-doping rules for the 2022 Commonwealth Games,” read a CGF statement.
“He has therefore been suspended with immediate effect. He and the Ghana Commonwealth Games Association have been informed.”
Samed, who competed at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, can opt to have his B sample tested before any charge is issued.
The Ghanaian becomes the first athlete in Birmingham to fail a doping test — there were no failed tests at the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Billy Polkinghorn got his debut Commonwealth Games campaign off to a flyer, defeating Fabio Roselie from Seychelles with a 34-second knockout on Friday.
The 25-year-old delivered a couple of powerful right hands at his hapless rival in the first round to send a dire warning to the rest of the light welterweight competition in Birmingham.
Polkinghorn progressed through to the round of 16, where he will face Uganda’s Joshua Tukamuhebwa, who defeated Northern Ireland’s John Paul Hale in the first round.
“I searched him (Roselie) on YouTube and I saw he likes to flick out that lead hand, get a bit lazy,” Polkinghorn told AAP.
“So I really thought I’d try and capitalise, coming over the top with a big, strong right hand and we caught him early on and just followed it up again and the ref waved it off.
“It’s just one fight at a time. Four more to go for the gold.
“I think anything less than the gold is a holiday. I’m putting a lot of pressure on myself, but that’s OK.”
— with AFP