Commonwealth champion Ravi, four others get four-year dope ban

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NEW DELHI: Weightlifter Ravi Kumar Katulu, who won gold on the 2010 Commonwealth Games (69 kg category) and a silver in 2014 (77 kg), has been banned for four years by the Nationwide Anti-Doping Company (NADA).

Purnima Pandey, 2016 junior Commonwealth Championships gold-worthwhile weightlifter, Federation Cup champ discus thrower Dharam Raj Yadav, 100 and 200m sprinter Sanjeet and weightlifter Gurmail Singh enjoy additionally been suspended for four years for doping.

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Ravi Kumar Katulu’s urine pattern has tested sure for banned substance Ostarine, a ‘selective androgen receptor modulator‘ (SARM), which helps design bigger muscle mass. The presence of Ostarine in the samples of Ravi Kumar and Sanjeet is a blow to the country’s anti-doping mechanism, as this substance has previously now not been keep in samples piquant Indian athletes, sources told TOI. Ostarine is an investigational drug that has now not but been accepted by the US Meals and Drug Administration (FDA).

It is largely keep in supplements feeble by bodybuilders and has additionally been tried on these which enjoy suffered muscle wastage this capacity that of long illness or were identified with osteoporosis. The sure dope consequence of Ravi Kumar, the reigning national champion in 89kg category, solid a shadow on the efforts of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF).

The IWLF is already at possibility of losing its quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, because the sport’s world governing physique – IWF – has introduced a brand original build of principles for the Olympics. The rule of thumb states that any nation with 20 or extra doping violations from 2008 to 2020 could enjoy lawful one male and one feminine lifter on the Games. Worldwide locations with 10 to 19 doping violations over that connected length shall be restricted to two men and two women folk in Tokyo and India falls into this category.


Dharam Raj’s urine pattern tested sure for elevated testosterone stage whereas Purnima’s pattern had traces of steroids.


Each and every Ravi Kumar and Purnima, who were tested steady via the 71st men and 34th women folk senior national weightlifting championships in Vishakhapatnam in February 2019, were banned retrospectively from the month of their pattern series.


Dharam Raj’s suspension has retrospectively kicked off from September 19, 2018 after the discus thrower modified into tested out-of-competition by NADA’s dope-retain a watch on officers (DCOs) at a Bengaluru hotel in a surprise take a look at for evading dope checking out for months. Sanjeet modified into tested incompetition on the Inter-Products and companies athletics championship in Jalahalli in September last 300 and sixty five days. One other athlete, archer Sangampreet Bisla, has been left off with a reprimand after failing to narrative for terbutaline exhaust.


With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics lawful 9 months away, the pattern has reach as a foremost embarrassment for Indian sports directors. The country modified into subjected to world shame when the Nationwide Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) modified into suspended by the World Anti-Doping Company (WADA) for noncompliance of its laboratory checking out procedures. The NDTL’s suspension will continue till February 20, 2020.


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