Priyanka Panwar suspended for eight years

Priyanka Panwar, a member of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games women’s 4x400m relay gold medal winning team, has been handed an eight-year suspension by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) disciplinary panel.

The period of ineligibility, which will start from the date of her provisional suspension on July 29, 2016, will practically end the career of the 29-year-old runner.   -  K Murali Kumar

Priyanka Panwar, a member of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games women’s 4x400m relay gold medal winning team, has been handed an eight-year suspension by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) disciplinary panel.

The period of ineligibility, which will start from the date of her provisional suspension on July 29, 2016, will practically end the career of the 29-year-old runner.

Finding Priyanka guilty of a second doping offence, the disciplinary panel awarded eight years of ineligibility to Priyanka under Article 10.7.1 (for multiple violations).

The panel also directed that all “medals, points and standings” won by the athlete from the date of sample collection be forfeited.

Priyanka, who tested positive for a steroid in an earlier case, was suspended along with five other woman quarter-milers for one year by the NADA panel in December 2011.

However, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), in its order on November 30, 2012, found these athletes (including Mandeep Kaur, Ashwini A. C., Jauna Murmu, Sini Jose, Priyanka Panwar and Tiana Mary Thomas) “guilty in a number of respects of serious fault or negligence in their conduct” and handed them two years’ suspension.

Priyanka again failed a dope test for a banned non-specified substance, Mephentermine and its metabolit Phentermine, during the national inter-State athletics championship in Hyderabad on July 2, 2016 following which she was provisionally suspended on July 29, 2016.

Priyanka pleaded before the disciplinary panel that since she has consumed medicines prescribed by a qualified doctor and checked with the World Anti-Doping Agency list of prohibited substances her case be treated under the ‘No fault or Negligence’ clause.

However, in the case that continued for nearly a year, NADA pressed for an eight-year suspension on the ground of the athlete committing multiple violations. The NADA counsel argued that since the banned substance was found in very large quantity in Priyanka’s sample, it was “ingested directly.”

The disciplinary panel concluded that this was the second offence by Priyanka and handed her eight years suspension without granting any reduction.