A National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) disciplinary panel on Monday ruled that woman shot-putter P. Udaya Laxmi’s Methylhexaneamine (MHA) violation in the 2013 National inter-State athletics meet in Chennai would be treated as her first offence for the purpose of sanctioning the athlete.

The panel had asked Nada to get documentary evidence about a previous offence by the athlete and NADA had sought the Athletics Federation of India’s response on the subject.

In its reply, the AFI had said that “no sanction was imposed by the AFI as the ‘B’ sample of the said athlete could not be analysed despite repeated requests to Executive Director (Teams) Sports Authority of India and Director (Technical) Indian Olympic Association.”

The panel, while concluding that the MHA violation is her second positive test, said it would not be able to impose a sanction for second offence on Udaya Laxmi since sanction for multiple offences are determined by a chart that prescribes the extent of suspension based on the punishment for the first offence.

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