CWG Gold Medallist Sanjita Chanu Fails Dope Test

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Weightlifter Sanjita Chanu has failed a dope test, thus resulting in her immediate provisional suspension by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on Thursday, TOI reported.

Chanu’s extraordinary moves helped her become the second Indian woman weightlifter after Kunjarani Devi to win gold in two different editions of the CWG (Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018). She overcame her opponent, but now faces the risk of losing her Gold Coast CWG gold in the women’s 53kg category due to the doping scandal.

“IWF reports that the sample of Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham 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,” the IWF said.

Sanjita is having trouble coping with the news as it came as a shock to her. This news came in the same week when World champion and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Mirabai Chanu expressed feelings that her food could be spiked to implicate her in a doping scandal. Thus on the request of Mirabai, the Sports Ministry agreed to install CCTV cameras in her room at the national camp.
Samjita, om the other hand, is hoping to come out clean from the doping slur.

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“I have only taken supplements provided by the Federation and my samples (both urine and blood) have been tested many times but it was always negative,” Sanjita Chanu told TOI on Thursday.

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“Before I left for the Worlds I gave my sample and the NADA/WADA team took my sample again in Patiala after we returned from USA. So I’m puzzled how this sample, which was given in between these two tests turned positive?” she wondered. “If the B sample is also positive, then I’m sure something has happened. Either, they tested the wrong sample or someone spiked my sample. We all took the same supplements and how come only my sample returned a positive test. It can’t happen that away,” Chanu added.