Sanjita Chanu’s provisional ban lifted by International Weightlifting Federation

Sanjita, who had won a gold in the women’s 53kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, had tested positive for anabolic steroid testosterone as her urine sample was taken prior to the World Championships in November 17.
Sanjita Chanu poses with the tricolour for a photo after winning gold in the women's 53kg Weightlifting event.(PTI)
Sanjita Chanu poses with the tricolour for a photo after winning gold in the women's 53kg Weightlifting event.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 23, 2019 09:36 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Wednesday revoked the ban imposed on India’s Commonwealth Games gold medallist Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu.

The sport’s apex body informed the India Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) and Sanjita of the development.

“On the basis of the information at its disposal the IWF has decided that the provisional suspension of the athlete (Khumukcham Sanjita) shall be lifted as of today (22 January 2019),” the IWF legal Counsel Eva Nyirfa said in a letter.

“The IWF Hearing Panel will render its decision on the athlete’s case in due course,” it added.

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Sanjita, who had won a gold in the women’s 53kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, had tested positive for anabolic steroid testosterone as her urine sample was taken prior to the World Championships in November 17.

The 25-year-old Indian lifter was then put under provisional suspension in May last year.

In Gold Coast, Sanjita had set a new Commonwealth Games record with a lift of 84 kg in snatch and 108 kg in clean and jerk, to finish with a total of 192 kg.

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