Indian javelin thrower Shivpal Singh has been suspended for four years by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel on Sunday. Shivpal Singh is the second-best javelin thrower after Neeraj Chopra in terms of distance achieved. The Uttar Pradesh born athlete was tested out of competition on September 26, 2021, after getting positive results for steroid methandienone.
The 27-year-old was suspended from his provisional suspension date in October 2021 and his suspension would run up to October 10, 2025. However, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) did not issue the order of the panel as is customary at least in the case of prominent athletes, and also no details were made public about the arguments put forward by Shivpal or by NADA during the hearing. As quoted by SPORTSSTAR report, a UP Athletics Association official informed that Shivpal had bought some supplements from a shop in Muzaffarnagar and that had turned out to be contaminated.
Due to his incredible performances in several appearances, he was lauded by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 'Man ki Baat' show. Speaking of his performances, Shivapal has a best of 86.23m, that won him silver at the Asia Championships in Doha in 2019. He finished eighth in the last Asian Games in 2018 with 74.11m and did not make the final in the 2019 World Championships, finishing 24th with 78.97m.