Lifter Swati Singh returns adverse analytical finding for morphine

Even though the IWF did not specify the competition in which Swati returned the AAF, it was learnt that the lifter faltered in the test conducted during the Asian championships – an Olympic qualifying event – in Ningbo City, China, where she had finished seventh with a total of 196kg in the 59kg weight class in April.

Swati Singh, who had come third in the National championships in Visakhapatnam with an aggregate of 193kg in February, is not part of the Indian side in the ongoing Commonwealth championships in Samoa. (FILE PHOTO)

Swati Singh, who had come third in the National championships in Visakhapatnam with an aggregate of 193kg in February, is not part of the Indian side in the ongoing Commonwealth championships in Samoa. (FILE PHOTO)   -  Getty Images

A 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in women’s 53kg category, Swati Singh has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for morphine, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said in a brief statement on its website.

Even though the IWF did not specify the competition in which Swati returned the AAF, it was learnt that the lifter faltered in the test conducted during the Asian championships – an Olympic qualifying event – in Ningbo City, China, where she had finished seventh with a total of 196kg in the 59kg weight class in April.

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“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,” said the statement.

Swati, who had come third in the National championships in Visakhapatnam with an aggregate of 193kg in February, is not part of the Indian side in the ongoing Commonwealth championships in Samoa.

As per the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list, morphine falls in the narcotics sub-category of drugs under specified stimulants which are prohibited in-competition. Use of the prohibited narcotics requires a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).

“It is not a major issue (of doping violation) in Swati’s case,” said a top Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) official.