Hima Das, India’s top sprinter, has been provisionally suspended by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for three whereabouts failures in a span of 12 months, according to reports.
Hima, who won a 400-metre individual silver at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games, faces a maximum ban of up to two years. The sprinter will now face the NADA panel, and the suspension might be reduced to one year upon appeal.
As per the World Athletics Anti-Doping (WADA) rules, a combination of three whereabouts failures, including a filing failure and a missed test or both, within a period of 12 months will constitute an anti-doping rule violation.
Hima is not part of the upcoming Asian Games scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, due to a hamstring injury. The injury prevented Hima from participating in the Inter-State Athletics Championships, which were the selection trials for the Asian Games.
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