Commonwealth champion weightlifter Sanjita Chanu banned by NADA for four-years

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  • Sanjita Chanu, an Indian weightlifter who has won the Commonwealth Games twice, has been banned for four years by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for doping twice.
  • The testing took place during the National Games held in Gujarat in September-October 2022, and the results showed the presence of drostanolone, an anabolic-androgenic steroid prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
  • After testing positive for drostanolone, Sanjita Chanu was provisionally suspended by NADA from the date of her sample collection, and her four-year ban has now been officially announced.
  • As a result, Chanu will also lose her National Games silver medal.  In the past year, several Indian athletes who had qualified for the Tokyo Olympics, including Shivpal Singh, Kamalpreet Kaur, and Dhanalakshmi Sekar, along with Commonwealth Games bronze medalist Navjeet Kaur Dhillon and promising long jumper Aishwarya Babu, were found to have violated anti-doping regulations
  • Drostanolone is primarily prescribed for the treatment of advanced inoperable breast cancer in women, but it is commonly misused by athletes as a performance-enhancing drug.

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