South Asian Games medal winning Sri Lankan swimmer Chetiya Wijeratne who tested positive for a banned substance at a recent national level event, has been banned from competition for six months.
Sri Lanka Aquatic Sports Union (SLASU) Secretary Kiran Atapattu said that SLASU imposed the ban on the swimmer yesterday on the recommendations made by National Anti Doping Organisation of Sri Lanka (NADO) headed by Dr. Geethanjana Mendis following an inquiry.
Wijeratne s urine sample had been obtained by NADO during the National Age Group Swimming Championships on July 11 this year.
Former Trinity College, Kandy swimming team captain Wijeratne who now represents the Sri Lanka Navy Sports Club had tested positive for a substance called Prednisolone .
The web-based encyclopaedia Wikipedia described Prednisolone as a corticosteroid drug with predominantly glucocorticoid and low mineralocorticoid activity, making it useful for the treatment of a wide range of inflammatory and auto-immune conditions including asthma.
However it added that as a glucocorticosteroid, prednisolone is banned under WADA anti-doping rules.
WADA is the world Anti Doping Agency which regulates doping in international sports.