Manju Wanniarachchi has claimed he was prevented by the authorities from challenging the decision.

Sri Lanka’s boxing star whose gold medal from the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games was stripped off on a doping conviction alleged that the Sri Lanka government told him that an appeal would hinder the country’s bid to host the Games.

“Neither the government, nor the ministry exerted pressure on him. The medical report clearly shows that that substance was in his body. I have both the police and medical reports,” said Sports minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage.