Shot putter Manpreet Kaur is likely to lose the gold medal won by her earlier this month at the Asian meet. The Asian champion has been tested positive in the dope net for a banned stimulant.
This brings an embarrassing moment, not only for Kaur but for the country.
One of the top athletes in the country, Kaur, who won a gold medal in the recently held Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar.
Manpreet was caught in the dope net for stimulant dimethylbutylamine, according to National Anti-Doping Officials. They conducted a test during the Federation Cup National Championships held in Patiala from June 1-4.
"Manpreet has tested positive in a test conducted during the Federation Cup in June. Her urine sample has been found to have stimulant dimethylbutylamine," an Athletics Federation of India official told PTI "We have been notified by NADA about this last night," he said.
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However, Manpreet's coach Karamjeet, who is also her husband, told a different story. According to them, they have not received any such notice yet.
She has also qualified and supposed to be one of the main athletes participating in next month’s World Athletics Championships in London, starting August 4. But the recent development may list her out of the mega-event.
"We have not thought about it (about her World Championships participation). But we cannot lose our face on that big stage. We have to figure out about that," the AFI official added.
The 26-year-old athlete took the top spot after edging past Olympic champion Michelle Carter of USA. Manpreet had set a national record, shone in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix in Jinhua, China, bagging the No 1 spot in the world rankings. She sustained a brilliant throw of 18.86m which fetched her a gold as well as a World Championships berth.
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