Kamalpreet Kaur tests positive for banned substance, could be jailed for four years

Kamalpreet Kaur tests positive for banned substance, could be jailed for four years

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A file picture of Kamalpreet Kaur.



The Athletics Integrity Unit has provisionally barred top Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur after she tested positive for a prohibited drug. If proven guilty, Kaur, who made it to the finals of women's discus at Tokyo Olympics 2020, risks a potential four-year prison sentence.

"The AIU has provisionally suspended discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur of India for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (Stanozolol), a breach of the @WorldAthletics Anti-Doping Rules," the governing body tweeted on Wednesday.

To Understand, during provisional suspension an individual is temporarily barred from participation in any sports competition or activity pending the outcome of a hearing held under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct.

AIU, an independent authority established by World Athletics, has issued a notice of complaint to the 26-year-old Punjabi. Kaur is in World Athletics' registered testing pool, however, it is unknown where or when she was tested.

Last year, Kaur's dramatic improvement aroused some questions, but she had previously denied testing positive for any forbidden substance. Last year, Kaur finished sixth in the Tokyo Olympics. After worsening her leg injury whilst winning a gold medal at the Indian Grand Prix II in Thiruvananthapuram on March 23, she missed the Federation Cup Senior Athletics Championships last month.

Kaur has a national record of 65.06 metres, which she set last year.

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