Manipur weightlifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu, was given a provisional suspension by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) after failing a dope test.
“IWF reports that the sample of Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham (IND) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Testosterone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents). As a consequence, the Athlete is provisionally suspended in view of a potential anti-doping rule violation,” the IWF said in a statement.
The star weightlifter has the right to challenge the decision before an anti-doping disciplinary panel. But if her appeal is unsuccessful, she will be stripped of the Commonwealth Games title which she won at Gold Coast, Australia in April, 2018.
She had lifted a total of 192 kg (84 kg in snatch and 108 kg in clean and jerk) in the women’s 53 kg category on the second day of the Commonwealth Games 2018 at Gold Coast in Australia to win the gold medal.
By achieving this feat, she set a new meet record in the snatch along the way.
The International Weightlifting Federation did not reveal details about the date and place of the dope test, reports TOI.
“In any case where it is determined that the Athlete did not commit an anti-doping rule violation, the relevant decision will also be published and IWF will not make any further comments on the case until it is closed,” the statement added.