Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Ali Asad of Pakistan, who came third in the Men’s 57kg Freestyle Wrestling at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, has been found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Anti-Doping and Medical Commission.
He was charged after his A sample, taken during the Games, was found to contain prohibited substances (Metandienone and Methyl-1-testosterone). He did not request analysis of his B sample and did not respond to the charge or request a hearing. His results from Birmingham 2022 have therefore been disqualified in accordance with the CGF Anti-Doping Rules, with all resulting consequences, including forfeiture of the bronze medal.
The matter has now been passed to the International Testing Agency (ITA) and United World Wrestling (UWW) to determine any further sanctions and consequences. A copy of the full decision can be found below.
Full Decision - Ali Asad (239.75 KB)
The next-placed wrestler was Suraj Singh of New Zealand, has now be awarded the bronze medal.
President Dame Louise Martin joined Suraj Singh and members of his family, along with representatives of the NZCGA and the Wrestling NZ community, at a special ceremony in New Zealand on 18 November in recognition of his achievement. All published results are also being updated accordingly.
Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha
The Commonwealth Games Federation Anti-Doping and Medical Commission has confirmed that a sample taken during Birmingham 2022 violated anti-doping rules for the Commonwealth Games. The A sample of Nzubechi Grace Nwokocha, an athlete from Nigeria, was found to contain prohibited substances (S1.2 Anabolic Agents (Other Anabolic Agents) Ostarine (also known as ‘enobosarm’) and Ligandrol (also known as ‘LGD-4033’)). The athlete, the Nigerian Commonwealth Games Association and the Athletics Integrity Unit have all been informed.
The athlete will now have the opportunity to provide further information, including requesting analysis of her B sample, before any charge is issued.
The matter is still pending and therefore no further comment will be issued at this point.
Further to the statement issued on 29th July 2022, the Commonwealth Games Federation Anti-Doping and Medical Commission has confirmed that Shakul Samed, a boxer from Ghana, has been found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation.
His A sample was found to contain a prohibited substance (diuretic and masking agent – Furosemide). As a result, he was suspended with immediate effect and did not compete in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The matter has now been passed to the International Boxing Association (IBA) to determine further sanctions and consequences. A copy of the full decision can be found below.