Dope shame returns to haunt Indian weightlifting as two-time Commonwealth Games champion Sanjita Chanu has been tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and has been provisionally suspended by the international weightlifting federation.

The IWF said on its website that Sanjita, who had won a gold in the women’s 53kg category in the recent Gold Coast CWG, has tested positive for testosterone. The IWF said that the sample of Ms. Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham (IND) 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 did not give details, such as the dates, of the dope test sample collection, saying it will not make any further comments on the case until it is closed. It has been learnt that Sanjita has been asked to leave the national camp by the Indian Weightlifting Federation a few days back and she has left for her home in Manipur. The other weightlifters are currently training at SAI Centre at Shilaroo in Himachal Pradesh.

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