Asian champion shot-putter Manpreet fails dope test

Kaur, who won a gold medal in the recently-concluded Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, tested positive for stimulant dimethylbutylamine.

Manpreet Kaur has qualified for next month's World Championships to be held in London but the latest development may rule her out of the mega-event.   -  V. Raju

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has informed the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and Asian champion shot putter Manpreet Kaur about the athlete testing positive for a banned substance.

Manpreet reportedly tested positive for dimethylbutylamine, a banned stimulant, during the Federation Cup at NIS Patiala on June 1. The substance is a “derivative' of methylhexaneamine, for which 11 sportspersons (including athletes from wresting, swimming, athletics and weightlifting) tested positive before the 2010 Commonwealth Games and were engaged in a lengthy case.

“Since it is a specified substance, she has not been placed under provisional suspension. Whatever medals she has won after the test will stay with her for the time being and she is free to participate in any event. However, if she is held guilty, then medals won by her after the positive result would stand forfeited,” NADA Director General Navin Agarwal told Sportstar on Wednesday.

“The AFI and the athlete were informed of the positive result on Monday.”

Manpreet, who won the gold medal in the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, was tested again during the continental event by the NADA on behalf of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on July 6. The result of this test is awaited.

In case, the athlete tests positive again for the same substance at the Asian Athletics Championships, then NADA would explore the option of negotiating with the international federation to club both the cases for hearing by a Disciplinary Panel.

Manpreet took the No. 1 rank in the world following her gold medal winning performance of 18.86m in the Asian Grand Prix in Jinhua, China, in April and qualified for the World Athletics Championships to be held in London in August.

She won the titles at the Federation Cup and the Asian Championship with performances of 17.04m and 18.28m respectively.

It will be interesting to see whether the AFI allows Manpreet, who can be suspended up to four years if found guilty for the doping violation, to participate in the World Championship next month.