New Delhi, July 21: India’s leading shot putter Manpreet Kaur will not participate in upcoming World Championships which is to be held in London after she tested positive for a banned substance ‘steroid’ for the second time, pushing the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to provisionally suspend her on Thursday.
Notably, Manpreet has already been tested positive for a banned steroid and stimulant dimethylbutylamine was detected in a test conducted on her urine sample taken on April 24 during the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix Meet at Xinhua in China.
Navin Agarwal, DG, NADA confirmed the suspension of Manpreet Kaur and said at the time of result management process, the disciplinary body came to know she took anabolic substance while participating in China this year. ‘NADA has clubbed two cases and suspended her. After suspension she can't participate in World Championship,” Navin Agarwal added.
However, if her 'B' sample also returns positive, Manpreet could face a ban of up to four years for a first-time dope offence. Manpreet might also lose the gold medal clinched earlier this month in Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar.
Manpreet Kaur had won a gold medal in the Asian Grand Prix, held in China in April with a throw of 18.86 metres. Manpreet achieved number 1 ranking in the world due to her outstanding In Bhubaneswar by a brilliant throw of 18.28m which led her to win the gold.
Manpreet had also participated in the inter-state athletics meet that concluded on Tuesday in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. She dominated the women’s shot put, but her winning throw was 15.65m. The 27-year-old had also qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics but eventually finished 23rd with a best throw of 17.06m.