In another blow, Indian weightlifter Sanjita Chanu has been handed a four-year ban after failing a dope test last year. The National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) on Tuesday, April 4 announced this decision.
As reported by the NADA, the two-time Commonwealth Games champion was tested positive for an anabolic steroid, called Drostanolone Metabolite. This substance is among the listed prohibited materials by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The concerned body further added that the 29-year-old weightlifter’s samples were collected during the National Games in Gujarat in the September-October 2022. This decision of the NADA was even confirmed by the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) President Sahdev Yadav. “Yes, she has been handed a four-year ban by NADA,” he told PTI as quoted by TOI.
Sanjita to be stripped of silver medal
Seeing this development, the Indian weightlifter will be stripped off her National Games silver medal. The 29-year-old still has the option of appealing the decision made by NADA.
Notably, this is not the first time the weightlifter has been involved in a dope controversy. Sanjita Chanu was banned by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) in 2018 after she had tested for an anabolic steroid testosterone prior to the World Championships in US (2017).