Manju given 14 days

2010-10-24 07:26:41

The National Olympic Committee (NOC) has handed over a letter giving 14days to Commonwealth Games gold medalist Manju Wanniarachchi to explain why his A-sample had tested positive for drugs.

The Commonwealth Games officials had notified the NOC regarding the positive test earlier this week. Manju Wanniarachchi had reportedly said he tested positive due to a medication he was taking for Asthma. (Daily Mirror online)

  Comments - 97

  • Ferdy Sunday, 24 October 2010 07:33

    Kolla wedey deela eati . appey unnta koheda pana gold medel ekak ganda drugs ganna netuwa.

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    Narada Sunday, 24 October 2010 07:54

    Ferdy, Your voice doesn't sound Srilankan. It is pathetic.

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    Srimal Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:00

    You got real Sri Lakan attitudes... !

    Reply : 26       131

    Daniel Sunday, 24 October 2010 12:25

    so what about the frauds and corruptions going on
    r u living in another planet

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    Aathal Monday, 25 October 2010 04:37

    To some extent you are correct. This is the attitude of a set of so called "elite" people who speak English and live in and around Colombo.

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    menaka Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:53

    even if he has taken performance enhancing drugs, the attitude you have is a million times more pathetic!!!!

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    Aathal Monday, 25 October 2010 04:37


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    Tonto Monday, 25 October 2010 06:42

    beats the hell out of me for this guy to say he took medication for astsma.

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    Nisha Sunday, 24 October 2010 10:01

    Ferdy , ubata pana nathi bawa penawa .higana talks nodee hitapan

    Reply : 18       91

    Weelusumana Sunday, 24 October 2010 13:17

    Grow up kid, get some life.

    Reply : 8       21

    jay Sunday, 24 October 2010 22:00

    I would like to see you getting in to the ring...

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    migara Sunday, 24 October 2010 07:42

    Ane this a conspiracy....

    Reply : 26       53

    immysl Sunday, 24 October 2010 09:22

    Let's just hope it is and he will come out clean.

    Reply : 6       58

    Daniel Sunday, 24 October 2010 12:26

    Aio enang oya kiyanne, lankawe inna un hondai
    horu nemi
    lol lol waka waka

    13       5

    Obelix Monday, 25 October 2010 03:21

    A country living in hope for the last 60 years.

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    Piratheepan Sunday, 24 October 2010 07:52

    Haa..Haaa another hero...

    Reply : 57       35

    Ranjan Sunday, 24 October 2010 07:55

    Well it is a sad day for Sri Lanka. Almost all the Sri Lankans watched the match live, but now he has put the whole nation in disgrace. He has accepted that he had taken the banned substance six months back, so Sri Lanka has lost it's only Boxing gold medal in 72 years.

    Since he has accepted that he took it, there is no point of carrying our an investigation. ban him for 2-3 years. No matter what you achieve, You should make sure that You would not put your motherland into disgrace.

    Hats off to Chinthana Withanage for winning medals in 2 consecutive Commonwealth game events without taking any.

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    Samantha Kandamudali Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:06

    Boruwa Thawakalikayi... Sathya sadakalikayi.
    Congrtulations Chinthana Widanage for making mother Lanka Proud.

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    Smart Aleck Sunday, 24 October 2010 22:08

    Yes, Chinthana did not even have enough money for vitamins. He only had Pol Sambol and Rice. Who advised Manju to take performance enhancing drugs? Was it his Coach? Shame!

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    Anil Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:00

    The Ministers ran to the Airport to greet him. President felicitated him. Now all look foolish.

    Reply : 14       81

    KD Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:51

    Yeah right. As long as president and ministers look foolish, we are happy. Pathetic.

    Reply : 10       41

    Roshan Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:57

    If he has cheated he'll have to pay the price for it. There is no shame on those who honoured his victory which was all done in good faith.

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    Anthony Sunday, 24 October 2010 10:49

    Yes, I for one didn't even have the patience to watch the medals ceremony. SLRC were all in the name of "vanity" just repeating on and on and on how VIPs had called Manju Wanniarachchi before the match to wish him good luck & so on.

    Reply : 4       9

    Smart Aleck Sunday, 24 October 2010 22:10

    Yes, now there is MUD on the Satakayas.

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    oooman Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:10

    what shame...

    you proved that you are too are 31 and your opponent is just 18...but he gave you a good fight...

    you should win something with your talent+techniques...not with drugs...

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    Ossan Salam - Doha Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:28

    Our people like a water boiling kettle or soda bottle in every issues....jumping to the top of sky.....eventually fell into the deep trench....what a shame.......utter foolishness....he made all Sri Lankans fool

    Reply : 2       16

    Concerned Citizen Sunday, 24 October 2010 17:28

    Just like Sri Lankans voting for MR and thereafter realizing too late he has taken them for a ride!

    Reply : 6       14

    menaka Monday, 25 October 2010 02:58

    seriously, what's wrong with you? don't show your political jealousy everywhere. it really looks pretty cheap when you use it in irrelevant places :P

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    ratnasiri Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:28

    Don't worry.. Go 4 Gold in Olympics and Silence dis allegations.. u have da talent.

    Reply : 8       27

    sltk2004 Sunday, 24 October 2010 13:48

    First give explanation for this, and then go for the Olympics

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    Mushi Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:46

    This doesn't mean, he has taken the banned drug but has used some drug for Asthma. It is not clear if he accepted, he is guilty. Could this be a conspiracy?

    Reply : 7       7

    Anura Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:48

    Mr Anil u r wrong the president or for that matter all felecitations and awards are issued based on the announcement of immediate results and has no time to investigate and confer awards after all clearances are issued by the respective sports bodies

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    Citzen Silvas Sunday, 24 October 2010 23:30

    Asama ?? Can an asthma patient at 31 fight an 18 year old ? That's sounds fishy !!!

    Reply : 6       4

    Anura Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:49

    Mr Anil our sports bodies and the president himself if necessary would very fast take necessay action to revoke the results and the medals if found guilty

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    jayam Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:52

    It has not proven yet. My concern is whether officials were aware of his drug history at that time. Until proven Manju is innocent. Anil do you want to send the guy again to somewhere after he found not guilty and greeted him again??. It may be your way.

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    menaka Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:55

    this is so sad! I am being optimistic and expecting things would turn around. But, if he is really proven guilty, it's going to be terrible.

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    Humpty-Dumpty Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:57

    Similar charges were raised against Susanthika when she took drugs to delay her periods. Did she become a vilain? NO, NO. She was even handed the Olympic silver medal for her 200 dash in Sydney. Similarly, Manju would survive.

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    sahan Sunday, 24 October 2010 11:22

    He has accepted that he took drugs.

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    raymond Sunday, 24 October 2010 14:40

    Who was his supplier? Was it our Drug Lord from Kelaniya?

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    g Monday, 25 October 2010 04:58

    he has not accepted anything of the sort. Dont talk what u dont know

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    Hassen Sunday, 24 October 2010 08:58

    Oh my god......... this is unbelievable, I am confident that the doping test will prove it was the Asthma medicine which caused this confusions.....

    What ever said and done Sri Lankans, especially all sportsman and sportswomen are genuine and humble with almost a 100% corruption fee characters.

    Reply : 5       6

    Shahiwal Sunday, 24 October 2010 09:07

    Ane manda monawa kiyannada kiyala. End of the day he is a true Srilankan. We have 20 million people but at least he respresent the country. Now will try to get out this problem. Untill its proved he is innocent.

    Reply : 3       3

    ajithith Sunday, 24 October 2010 09:15

    Mona magulakatada drugs gaththey???
    These guys know very well that they are been tested once they win any event.
    Who is responsible.Is it the coach or physio???

    Reply : 0       11

    sira Sunday, 24 October 2010 11:59

    Dian Gomes...

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    Kundu mama Sunday, 24 October 2010 09:18

    IS he related to DR.Marvin or was he training at his gym.Some thing has gone wrong. Did you upset any Indian Officials or give them a treat. Any way Putha you are our hero and you can be a MP too.Keep boxing my hero.

    Reply : 5       4

    Oyage Podi Guru Sunday, 24 October 2010 09:31

    Are these tests so difficult that the results cannot be determined before awards are made?

    Reply : 1       6

    spark Monday, 25 October 2010 04:12

    The tests are done by a totally independent body...and is exceptionally accurate.

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    mike Sunday, 24 October 2010 09:35

    another one bites the dust.

    Reply : 1       5

    Oyage sudu kella Sunday, 24 October 2010 09:45

    Aiyo......................!! !! !!

    Reply : 3       7

    weha Sunday, 24 October 2010 09:58

    wonder if he tried a bit too hard..

    Reply : 1       6

    Realist Sunday, 24 October 2010 10:48

    This guy even has the odacity to meet the priests of the Dalada maligawa and show off the medal. Just shows the 3rd world mentality of Sri Lankans.

    Reply : 4       10

    spark Monday, 25 October 2010 04:13

    Absolutely correct...the whole country and its leaders are all on the same footing...houdini tactics.

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    TrueBoxer Sunday, 24 October 2010 10:49

    Boxing is NOT a sport for Sri Lankans. We are too small made and lack the fitness and strength for this sport just like rugby. We should stick to what are bodies are capable of like cricket.

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    sltk2004 Monday, 25 October 2010 03:29

    In boxing there are weight groups so that both the opponents are of similar size.

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    Nalin de Silva Sunday, 24 October 2010 10:51

    This whole episode shows the lack of patients of Sri Lankans. We should have waited for about a month to felicitate this guy instead of having Kandy peraheara type processions at the freaking air port. Pathetic.

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    Gamaya Sunday, 24 October 2010 10:51


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    IthinEtaPasse Sunday, 24 October 2010 10:57

    Ithin dan Manju monawada karanna yanne? Narakada politics walata bassoth. Oyata ona sudusukam okkoma thiyanawa.

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    Robert Knox Sunday, 24 October 2010 10:58

    Cheating and lying is in the blood of Sri Lankans. I saw this first hand during my 25 year stay in that godforsaken island.

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    Kamiss Sunday, 24 October 2010 11:19

    Let us hope and pray Manju comes out clean.

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    Rohan Sunday, 24 October 2010 11:45

    Srilankans never cheat, ashma whe was Srilankan become winter country u gotta be kidding rohan

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    Riyazi-Dorking Sunday, 24 October 2010 11:46

    When he won everyone was cheering !! When he`s in trouble we should back him,but few are ......!!! Don`t know what to say ??

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    Maha Mudlier Sunday, 24 October 2010 12:04

    Kolla must have take steroids for asthma. They are given when you have long term asthma. If the drug that was detected in A-sample was a type of steroid given to asthma related ailment then he will be exonerated. Otherwise, give the gold in a baggage to Gota, he knows how to spin anything and everything by his teeth, if that did not work he could send a white van to NOC. Any case, hail these local boys/gals who represented the country without chits from politicos.

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    Saman Sunday, 24 October 2010 12:06

    No big deal, his name will be cleared for sure!.

    Reply : 3       3

    Josh Sunday, 24 October 2010 12:29

    so did Manju reject an offer to join politics with MR??

    Reply : 5       11

    Concerned Citizen Sunday, 24 October 2010 17:31

    Yes, he rejected the offer ....and MR fixed him!

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    Robert Ace Sunday, 24 October 2010 12:34

    Typical Sri Lankan mentality... Once someone wins we praise him/her at the highest level. But the moment we hear something against the win or if he or she fails in another attempt, we tend to criticize the person and put him down. It’s time to grow-up, we achieve nothing by destructive criticism. We are Sri Lankans not Indians or Pakistanis. Let us wait till we know the outcome of the investigation before we pass a negative comment. Manju hasn't gone on a holiday and spent public funds. He has fought his heart out to get a Medal to our country.

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    Kolitha Sunday, 24 October 2010 13:08

    What else to expect in a country ruined by fraud, injustice & corruption.
    Oh..God Please help us......

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    Sajitha Sunday, 24 October 2010 18:48

    Maybe he has taken drugs.But these negative comments about being a Sri Lankan is really pathetic.Please someone create some drug to strait backbones of these negative minded people.

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    Just Another Citizen Sunday, 24 October 2010 13:46

    Question is, why do all these athletes wait till they are tested to announce that they have been on medication?

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    Just Another Citizen Sunday, 24 October 2010 13:53

    Why do all these athletes have to wait till they are tested to announce that they have been on some sort of medication?

    Reply : 0       5

    sf Sunday, 24 October 2010 14:13

    International conspiracy?

    Reply : 12       5

    chatura bandara Sunday, 24 October 2010 19:11

    where is WimalW....start fast

    Reply : 4       5

    shan Sunday, 24 October 2010 14:23

    First of all give the chance for Tamil's they will prove the talent. because SL Tamils got 9 Medals including 2 gold Medals in last commonwealth.

    Reply : 11       5

    spark Monday, 25 October 2010 04:21

    And they dont cheat to win....

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    Obelix Sunday, 24 October 2010 15:20

    The solution is simple. The president makes a statement that nothing of the sort has happened. He will be supported by his friendly nations. Case closed.

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    Dhammika Sunday, 24 October 2010 17:35

    Manju go forward. Your clearence of this issue will come soon. Dont forget Susi also had same issue. Elhlishman always against us .

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    Tm Abay Monday, 25 October 2010 11:45

    Like they're aginst us having steroids for asthma

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    Kalani Raja Sunday, 24 October 2010 21:58

    Manju, do a Shane Warne and tell them that it was your mother who gave you the medication.

    Reply : 4       4

    Messenger Monday, 25 October 2010 00:59

    Drug tests must be carried out before competitions and only cleared players should be allowed to go ahead. This will save embarrassment to many including politicos.

    Reply : 0       5

    Percy Mandawala Monday, 25 October 2010 01:09

    This is nothing compared to medals awarded for patriotic service for 40 years have been robbed over night.

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    Rishan Monday, 25 October 2010 03:07

    sad situation...I was so excited after winning the Gold....and now really disapointed...Chintana Vitanage is a true champion...

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    srilal Monday, 25 October 2010 03:29

    i don't believe that..........what ever he is a genuine guy....

    Reply : 0       0

    bash Monday, 25 October 2010 04:00

    SF supporters are behind this, hang them all

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    Mithraka Fernando Monday, 25 October 2010 04:18


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    Jazzy Monday, 25 October 2010 04:24

    He went to the Ruwanwlelisaya with flowers. Wonder what The great Honourable King would have said and done! if he knew the truth.

    Reply : 0       0

    Jazzy Monday, 25 October 2010 04:29

    Atleast he had the guts to admit what he had done for which I respect him. Unlike our pathetic politicos who deny everything & Jump on the ball wagon of others triumphs.

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    Wijebahu Monday, 25 October 2010 04:46

    Say I support 18th ammendment, Mahinda will fix this problem.

    Reply : 0       4

    Dee Monday, 25 October 2010 05:14

    so what has 'God Father' got to say?

    Reply : 0       0

    Cynic Monday, 25 October 2010 07:00

    Most victories in Sri Lanka these days, be it elections or sports, are achieved through cheating.

    Reply : 0       7

    Wasantha Monday, 25 October 2010 08:06

    Very similar to the passing of 18th amendment.

    Reply : 0       1

    dassanayake Monday, 25 October 2010 09:06

    Disgrace cheating eavery where...

    Reply : 1       1

    Ride Monday, 25 October 2010 09:20

    After all, He got a Helicopter Ride :)
    Well, Will wait till he overcome this issue. Never give-up as a Nation.

    Reply : 0       0

    Tm Abay Monday, 25 October 2010 11:43

    I'm heart broken to hear this news. But justice must be done.Typically sum of our ppl will blame it on sum conspiracy. But we have 2 admit waht is right

    Reply : 0       1

    sports Monday, 25 October 2010 15:24

    very bad

    Reply : 0       0

    Susantha Tuesday, 26 October 2010 05:15

    If this is confirmed true, then it will also confirm that we are not even a devoloping nation. so sad! we will never get there

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