Boxer Manju Wanniarachchi, Sri Lanka's lone gold medallist at this month's Commonwealth Games, has tested positive for a banned steroid, a report said on Sunday.

The privately-run Lakbima News newspaper said Wanniarachchi (30) had tested positive for the performance-enhancing steroid nandrolone.

The paper said the Commonwealth Games organisers had sent a report to Sri Lanka's National Olympic Committee and informed the boxer about the result of his ‘A' sample.

The boxer can request a ‘B' sample test. If the outcome remains the same, he risks being stripped of his gold medal and could face a two-year ban from all competition. There was no immediate confirmation from the committee or Sri Lanka's sports authorities.

Wanniarachchi had beaten Welshman Sean McGoldrick in the final of the bantamweight category to clinch the gold. — AFP

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