Sanjita Chanu provisionally suspended by IWF after failing dope test

The weightlifter has tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and is provisionally suspended, the International Weightlifting Federation has announced.

Sanjita Chanu won the gold medal in the 53kg category at Gold Coast in April. Photo: AP   -  AP

The Indian Weightlifting Federation's (IWLF) ‘attempt’ to make the sport free of doping has received a major setback with Gold Coast Commonwealth Games gold medallist K. Sanjita Chanu (53kg) testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid.

According to the International Weightlifting Federation (IWLF), Sanjita has been put under provisional suspension. “IWF reports that the sample of Sanjita Chanu has returned an adverse analytical finding for testosterone (S1.1 anabolic agents). As a consequence, the athlete is provisionally suspended in view of a potential anti-doping rule violation,” said an IWF statement.

No further comments

“In any case where it is determined that the athlete did not commit an anti-doping rule violation, the relevant decision will also be published. IWF will not make any further comments on the case until it is closed.”

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Sanjita, who claimed a gold medal in 48kg in the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, had bagged the Commonwealth championship gold in September last year with a total lift of 195kg. Her performance dropped to 177kg for a 13th place finish in the World championship in Anaheim, U.S., in November last

She is believed to have tested positive around the World championship.

Sanjita did 192kg in the Commonwealth Games in April this year to take the gold medal in Gold Coast.

An IWLF official said the national federation would challenge the outcome of Sanjita's positive result. "This positive result was from the USA event, where her performance was down. If she tested positive at that time (in November), then why are they publishing the news now? We will challenge it at the appropriate forum," said the official.