Priyanka’s suspension upheld


Dismissing the appeal of athlete Priyanka Panwar, the National Anti-Doping appeal Panel has upheld the decision of a disciplinary panel to impose a suspension of eight years on her for a second anti-doping rule violation.

Priyanka, a member of the 4x400m women’s gold medal winning team in the 2014 Asian Games, had returned a positive result for stimulant mephentermine during the National inter-State athletics championships in Hyderabad in 2016.

The athlete who had been suspended for testing positive along with five other team mates in 2011for a steroid methandienone and was suspended by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) a year later, had submitted that in her second case she had taken Mucaine gel for her stomach and back pain before the championships and was not aware of the requirement of taking a therapeutic use exemption certificate from NADA.

Ingesting banned substance

The appeal panel agreed with the deposition of Dr. Shila Jain, the director of National Dope Testing Laboratory, that Priyanka ingested the banned substance and rejected the athlete’s claim. It also concurred with the disciplinary panel’s view that the doctor’s prescription and the statement during the course of the evidence gathering process did not match.

The appeal panel’s June 3 decision, which was made public by NADA through a newsletter on Monday, upheld the disciplinary panel’s verdict to impose an eight-year suspension on Priyanka from the date of her provisional suspension — July 29, 2016.

Positive test

Meanwhile, NADA acknowledged the positive test of several weightlifters by publishing the names of six provisionally suspended weightlifters — including 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist K. Ravi Kumar — who failed dope tests in the National weightlifting championships in Visakhapatnam in February.

Besides, footballer Rana Gharami, who played for Delhi Dynamos in the Indian Super League in last season, has also been handed a provisional suspension for failing a dope test.

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