Champion discus thrower Kamalpreet fails doping test for stanozolol and is provisionally banned | More sports news


NEW DELHI: India’s top discus thrower and Tokyo Olympian Kamalpreet Kaur has been provisionally suspended for failing a doping test for an anabolic steroid, TOI can confirm. Kamalpreet, the first Indian woman to break the 65m barrier in the discus throw, has been suspended since April 1. The 26-year-old Punjabi athlete, who finished sixth in her first Olympic outing with a best throw of 63.70m in Tokyo, came back positive for ‘stanozolol’ – a synthetic steroid derived from testosterone and endowed with of anabolic and androgenic properties, we learned.
This is the first time the athlete’s identity has been revealed after TOI obtained confirmation of Kamalpreet’s banned substance and period of ineligibility from multiple sources. The athlete’s urine sample was collected by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) during out-of-competition testing in March at NIS Patiala. The IAU was founded by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) – now known as World Athletics – in 2017.
Kamalpreet’s drug failure meant she could not compete at the World Championships in Athletics in Oregon in the United States (July 15-24), Birmingham Commonwealth Games (July 28- August 8) and Hangzhou Asian Games (September 10-25), apart from diamond leagues and other domestic and international events. The current national record holder in the discus throw with a personal best of 66.59m faces a ban of up to four years for her first doping offence.
The Indian Railway athlete was not included in the National Coaching Camp (total of 153 days) for elite athletes, which started in several cities of Bangalore, Thiruvananthapuram and Patiala from 16 April and will last until September 15. Kamalpreet coach Rakhi Yadav was also omitted from the camp.
There were reports of the Kamalpreet Olympic sample coming back positive for the banned substance, but that was not true. Had that been the case, Kamalpreet would not have been named in the senior national camp, which ran from October 15 to December 31 and was later extended to March 31 this year. She would also not have taken part in the second leg of the Indian Grand Prix (IGP) in Kerala in March, where she won gold. But she withdrew from the Federation Cup in April due to a knee injury.
TOI can also confirm the doping failure of India’s top javelin thrower Shivpal Singh, who came back positive for anabolic steroids last year after competing in the Tokyo Olympics but whose identity has never been released. Shivpal, the Asian Championships medalist, had failed a doping test after a steroid cocktail was found in his urine sample during an out-of-competition (off-season) test conducted between the end of the Tokyo Olympics ( August 8) and the start of the national camp on October 15 in NIS Patiala. The javelin thrower, who competed alongside Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra in Tokyo, has been serving a provisional suspension since last November.
In the case of Kamalpreet, it was learned that she had suspicions that her AFI-provided protein supplement from a private vendor might have been contaminated. She had even visited the National Anti-Doping Agency (Nada) and the National Doping Control Laboratory (NDTL) during the third week of April to inquire about the authenticity of the product and have it tested in laboratory.

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