Manipur CM Biren Singh believes error in Sanjita Chanu's sample identification

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Manipur CM Biren Singh believes error in Sanjita Chanu's sample identification

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SportsCafe Desk

06/03/2018

After IWLF secretary Sahdev Yadav, Manipur CM Biren Singh is also assured of Sanjita Chanu's innocence and stated that there is an error while identifying the samples. He personally wrote a letter to the Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, requesting him to further intervene in the matter.

After Sanjita Chanu's sample 'A' returned positive for the anabolic steroid testosterone, she was granted a provisional suspension by the IWF. Although Sanjita is quite confident that she will challenge the suspension and prove herself innocent, the suspension will stay until she proves her innocence.

Chanu secured a gold in the Gold Coast Common Wealth Games, 2018, but owing to the doping episode, her gold is now in danger. If the 'B' sample also returns positive, she will be banned for four years and may lose the opportunity of representing India in the Tokyo Olympics, 2020. However, Manipur CM is assured of Sanjita's innocence as portrayed by his letter to Union Sports Minister.

"I am informed that the International Wrestling Federation in a communication dated May 15 has provisionally suspended Manipur interInternat Athlete Sanjita Chanu. I am given to understand that there is a glaring error in the laboratory sample identification based on which the Manipur athlete has been suspended," CM Biren Singh said in the letter.

"Records placed before me said that the IWF suspension communication mentioned sample number 1599000 on the top of the report while the fourth para of the report cites sample number 1599176," he further added.

"I would sincerely urge you to kindly personally intervene in the matter and obtain a prompt review of the suspension order," Biren Singh said in the letter.

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