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Rachna Kumari Slapped with 12-Year Ban for Doping Violation

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On Tuesday, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) banned Rachna Kumari, a prominent Indian hammer thrower, for 12 years for failing multiple dope tests, effectively concluding her athletic career. The 30-year-old athlete’s sample, taken out-of-competition by the AIU last year, tested positive for a combination of steroids including Stanozolol, Metandienone, Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), and Clenbuterol. The AIU stated,

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“The AIU has banned Kumari (K.M.) Rachna (India) for 12 years from 24 November, 2023 for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (Stanozolol, Metandienone, DHCMT, Clenbuterol). DQ results from 24 September 2023,”

“…and disqualification of the Athlete’s results on and since 24 September 2023, with all resulting Consequences, including the forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points prizes and appearance money.”

This marked Kumari’s second violation of the Anti-Doping Rules. Previously, she had been suspended for four years, from March 18, 2015, to March 17, 2019, for another Anti-Doping Rule Violation linked to the discovery of Metenolone in a sample obtained on February 10, 2015.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) collected two urine samples from her out of competition in Patiala on September 24 last year, both of which tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids. The AIU clarified that two samples were taken because the first one did not meet the specific gravity requirements for analysis, as outlined in the 2023 WADA International Standard for Testing and Investigations.

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Additionally, during the National Games in Goa on November 1, 2023, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) obtained an in-competition sample, which returned an Atypical Finding (ATF) for Clenbuterol. NADA conducted an investigation into the matter.


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