Indian discus thrower Kumari banned for 4 years for failing doping test

Indian discus thrower Sandeep Kumari has been banned for 4 years by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). She failed a drugs test, despite her sample previously being deemed clear by the National Dope Test Laboratory (NDTL).

Updated: May 04, 2020 16:53 IST

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Sandeep Kumari banned for 4 years

Sandeep Kumari's blood sample was collected during the National Inter-State Championships in June 2018 in Guwahati, which Kumari won with a throw of 58.41 metres. The NDTL did not detect the presence of a banned anabolic steroid in her blood sample, as reported by Outlook India.

Despite the sample being cleared by the NDTL, WADA then decided to test it at its laboratory in Canada and it returned positive for methenolone in November 2018. Kumari's results from 26 June 2018 to 21 November 2018, will now be declared invalid.

On 1 May 2020, Kumari's ban was announced by WADA. Her ban began on 26 June 2018, the date of her sample collection. Kumari is among the four Indian athletes whose samples returned negative at the NDTL before being found positive when tested in Montreal by WADA.  Kumari waived her right for a confirmatory B sample test and accepted the adverse analytical finding.

In February 2019, Kumari participated in a phone interview with representatives of the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) during which she confirmed that she admitted the anti-doping rule violations. After 12 months, the AIU issued a notice of charge to Kumari, asking her to either admit the violation or undergo a hearing before a disciplinary tribunal.

After missing three deadlines to respond, Kumari finally accepted the charge and did not request a hearing.