Ghanaian boxer Shakul Samed has been suspended from the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Birmingham after failing a dope test.
Shakul Samed, light heavyweight boxer was billed to fight Luc Jean Rosalba of Mauritius in the first round of the competition. However, he tested positive for furosemide – a banned masking agent and diuretic.
“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 statement from the Commonwealth Games Federation m.
“His A sample was found to contain a prohibited substance (diuretic and masking agent — furosemide).
“He has therefore been suspended with immediate effect. He and the Ghana Commonwealth Games Association have been informed.”
The 23-year old, who competed at the 2022 Tokyo Olympics can opt to have his B sample tested before any charge is issued.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) is yet to pass a comment on the worrying development.