Asian champion shot-putter Manpreet fails drug test, may lose Gold

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Asian champion shot-putter Manpreet fails drug test, may lose Gold

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SportsCafe Desk

07/19/2017

Shot-putter Manpreet Kaur has tested positive for a banned stimulant and might lose the gold medal which she won earlier this month at the Asian Championships. Manpreet had already qualified for next month's World Championships to be held in London but this incident may rule her out of the event.

India is still not done celebrating the victory of Manpreet Kaur at the recently concluded Asian Athletics Championships organised in Bhubaneswar before the embarrassment hit - the athlete has tested positive for banned stimulant dimethylbutylamine

The test was conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency officials during the Federation Cup National Championships held in Patiala from June 1-4.

For now, she has not been put under provisional suspension as dimethylbutylamine is a specified substance under the WADA Code but Manpreet will lose the gold medal she won in Asian Athletics Championships if her confirmatory urine sample 'B' test also returns positive.

"Manpreet has tested positive in a test conducted during the Federation Cup in June. Her urine sample has been found to have stimulant dimethylbutylamine," an Athletics Federation of India official told PTI.

"We have been notified by NADA about this last night," he said.

Manpreet’s coach Karamjeet, who is also her husband, when contacted said, "we have not yet been told about anything," reported the agency.

This incident can cost the athlete in her future events. While she has already qualified for next month's World Championships to be held in London, the latest development may rule her out of the mega-event.

"We have not thought about it (about her World Championships participation). But we cannot lose our face on that big stage. We have to figure out about that," the AFI official added.

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