Shot-putter Manpreet fails dope test; may miss Worlds


Asian champion shot-putter Manpreet Kaur, who tested positive for a banned stimulant in a dope test, has now been suspended by the Athletics Federation of India, PTI reported on Thursday.

Manpreet reportedly tested positive for dimethylbutylamine, a banned stimulant, in the Federation Cup at NIS Patiala on June 1. The test which was conducted by NADA in the time of Federation Cup National Championships. "The athlete does not face a provisional suspension as she has tested positive for a specified substance". While she has already qualified for next month's World Championships to be held in London, the latest development may rule her out of the mega-event. Since Dimethylbutylamin comes under the unspecified category of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Kaur is eligible to take part in the world meet.

The Punjab shot putter had created a sensation with a throw of 18.86 metres, a national record, at the Asian Grand Prix at Jinhua, China, in April.

It was a massive step to embarrassing to our country to lost gold medal in Federation Cup National Championship. During a raid by NADA at Patiala's hostel, officials seized syringes and vials of meldonium, a drug that Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova had tested positive for. "We got to know about it only last night", an AFI official said.

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NADA Director General Navin Agarwal said that this was the first time this banned stimulant dimethylbutylamine has been detected in the urine sample of a sportsperson in India.

Manpreet also participated in the inter-state athletics meet that concluded on Tuesday in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh. "Unlike a steroid, these are mild offences and that's why they didn't get a provisional suspension".

Jagtar Singh, gold medal victor in decathlon at the Federation Cup, is another high profile athlete to have failed a dope test this season. According to the official, "We have not thought about it (about her World Championships participation)".