Manpreet Kaur suspended for doping, to miss World Championships
Manpreet Kaur has been provisionally suspended and disallowed from participating in the World Athletics Championships in London next month.other sports Updated: Jul 20, 2017 14:49 IST
Leading Indian shot putter Manpreet Kaur, who won a gold at the Asian Athletics Championships earlier this month, will miss the World Championships in London in August after she tested positive for a banned substance for the second time in a couple of days.
The national record holder failed an in-competition test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) during the June 1-4 Federation Cup in Patiala. Manpreet’s urine sample ‘A’ collected during the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix at Jinhua, China, on April 24 has also been found to have dimethylbutylamine in it.
The stimulant was the same which was found in her urine sample ‘A’ taken during the Federation Cup, which came to light on Wednesday.
“She has tested positive again for a steroid and the stimulant (dimethylbutylamine). She has been handed provisional suspension by the AFI. She will now be dropped from World Championships team,” Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla told PTI.
The IAAF World Championships will be held in London from August 5 to 13.
Dimethylbutylamine is structurally related to methylhexanamine, a stimulant which was found to have been used by several sportspersons just before the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
Manpreet will have to appear before a NADA disciplinary panel for a hearing. If she is not able to prove her innocence, the national champion might lose the gold medal she won at the Asian meet in Bhubaneswar from July 6-9.
In the Asian Grand Prix in April, the Indian had won a gold with a throw of 18.86 metres. It was better than the 17.75m qualifying mark for the global meet. Her outstanding performance also ranked her World No.1. In Bhubaneswar, it was a brilliant throw of 18.28m which won her the gold.
Manpreet also participated in the inter-state athletics meet that concluded on Tuesday in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. As expected she dominated the women’s shot put, but her winning throw was 15.65m.
The 27-year-old had also qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics but eventually finished 23rd with a best throw of 17.06m.
Though Manpreet has dominated domestic competition since 2015, her performance graph has not been steady. During the Kolkata Open national meet in 2015, her gold medal winning throw of 17.96m created a new national record, but she failed to repeat her performance at the Olympics.
In other cases of doping earlier this season, India’s leading 400m hurdler Jithin Paul also came under the scanner. During a raid by NADA at Patiala’s hostel, officials seized syringes and vials of meldonium, a drug that Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova had tested positive for.
Jagtar Singh, gold medal winner in decathlon at the Federation Cup, is another high profile athlete to have failed a dope test this season.
(With inputs from PTI)