Asian champion shot putter Manpreet Kaur, has been suspended by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) for four successive years for failing four dope tests in 2017. According to the order by the anti-doping disciplinary panel (ADDP) of the NADA, the suspension period would begin from July 20, 2017, the date of her provisional suspension.
The director of NADA, General Navin Agarwal confirmed Manpreet’s suspension for four years. Also, she has a way to make an appeal before the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel.
Manpreet is on the verge of losing her gold medal that she clinched in the 2017 Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar and her national record because of the panel’s desicion to disqualify all her achievements since the date when sample collection was started.
Hailing from Sahauli village from Patiala, Kaur came from a weak background, where her father was a farmer and mother was paralysed. She somehow developed interest in sports because of her brothers and chose shot put as a professional sport. She stepped into this sport and did miracles.
Kaur was ranked 9th in the 5th IAAF World Youth Championships in 2007 at Ostrova. She took a 3-year break and came back to break an 18-year-old national record in women’s shot put in 2010. In 2015, she clinched a gold medal at National Open Athletics Championship at Kolkata. She was the only Indian woman to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics in her field. Kaur won a gold in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet with a national record and world season-leading effort. She gave her best shot by her throw of 18.86m. Later, she got qualified for the IAAF World Championships to be held in August in London.
However 2017 brought changes into her life. Manpreet’s doping test came out to be positive four times. The first result was taken during the Asian Grand Prix at Jinhua, China on April 24 while the second was taken during the Federation Cup in Patiala (June 1), followed by Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar (July 6) and the Inter-State Championships in Guntur (July 16). She won gold in all these tournaments but due to the panel’s rule, all her medals will be ineligible.
Also, her national record of 18.86m at Jinhua is unforgettable that turned out to be a world leading throw, taking her to the No. 1 spot in the world rankings. At the Jinhua Asian GP meet, she was tested positive for steroid methenolone.
In the next three meets that happened in India, she tested positive for the stimulant dimethylbutylamine, a substance that has an almost similar structure as the more famous methylhexaneamine (MHA).