Tokyo Olympian Bhawna Jat is set to depart from the World Athletics Championships without participating, following her breach of the anti-doping regulations pertaining to whereabouts compliance. As per a report, Bhawna Jat has received a provisional suspension of three instances from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA), all linked to failures in meeting whereabouts obligations.
Bhawna, who secured her spot in the event based on global rankings, was the exclusive Indian representative in the women’s 20km race walk, as Priyanka Goswami withdrew from the event, citing her preparations for the upcoming Asian Games. In addition, Bhawna encountered two consecutive doping test misses in the months of May and June, subsequently neglecting to report her current location as required.
Bhawna Jat clinched the gold medal at the recent Inter-State championships, completing the race in 1 hour, 37 minutes, and 3 seconds. Notably, she achieved her personal record in the 20km race walk, clocking 1 hour, 29 minutes, and 44 seconds, during this year’s Indian Race-Walking Championships held in Ranchi.
About Whereabouts Failure
One form of anti-doping infraction is referred to as ‘whereabouts non-compliance.’ This infraction occurs when an athlete accumulates three instances of either ‘filing failure’ or ‘missed tests’ within a span of twelve months. To be classified as a ‘whereabouts failure,’ athletes are required to provide precise updates regarding their whereabouts every three months. This practice enables authorities to locate them effectively for out-of-competition testing.