Asiad medallist Poovamma handed 2-year ban by Anti-Doping Appeal Panel

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Senior India quarter-miler and Asian Games medallist MR Poovamma has been handed a two-year ban for flunking a dope take a look at final yr because the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel (ADAP) of the NADA overturned a disciplinary panel determination at hand her a three-month suspension.

The 32-year-old Poovamma’s dope pattern collected on February 18 final yr, through the Indian Grand Prix I in Patiala, had returned constructive for stimulant methylhexaneamine, a specified substance below World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code. The Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel in a June order had handed her simply three months suspension.

On enchantment by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) towards the disciplinary panel determination, the ADAP handed Poovamma a two-year ban.

“We put aside the impugned order dated 16.06.2022 as handed by Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and permit the enchantment of NADA and consequently impose a sanction of 02 years below Article 10.2.2 ineligibility upon the Athlete,” the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel headed by Abhinav Mukerji mentioned in its order dated September 16.

“We additionally direct that below Article 10.10 all different aggressive outcomes obtained by the athlete from the date of pattern assortment i.e., 18.02.2021 shall be disqualified and all ensuing penalties together with forfeiture of medals, factors and prizes shall observe.”

The enchantment panel mentioned, “Once the presence of the prohibited substance is established within the physique of the athlete and no exculpatory or mitigating circumstances exist, the pure penalties below the ADR follows.” Poovamma was a member of the gold-winning 4x400m girls’s and blended relay groups within the 2018 Asian Games and likewise a part of the 4x400m relay squad that gained the gold on the 2014 Asian Games.

She additionally gained a bronze within the particular person 400m within the 2012 Asian Games. She obtained the Arjuna Award in 2015.

There was hypothesis over Poovamma’s dope flunk final yr after she skipped the relay trials in Patiala just some weeks earlier than the Tokyo Olympics. She later left the nationwide camp which had stunned many.

She had gained silver medals in Indian Grand Prix I and II in Thiruvananthapuram on March 13 and 23, respectively, with timings of 53.39sec and 52.44sec (season’s greatest). She had additionally gained a silver within the Federation Cup in Malappuram in April with a time of 52.70s.

She can be stripped off all of the three medals.


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