The National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) on Tuesday banned Indian weightlifter Sarbjeet Kaur for four years on charges of anti-doping rule violation. The punishment was announced on NADA’s official twitter account. In a series of tweets, NADA said that the test sample was collected during the 34th Women Senior National Weightlifting Championship in Visakhapatnam by the Dope Control Officer.
The organisation further added "The tests showed an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for the presence of Prohibited Substance namely – Di-hydroxy-LGD-4033 (LGD 4033 METABOLITE), Selective Androgen Receptor Modulations (SARM), and Ostarine (Enobosarm). SARM is a non-specified substance as per WADA Prohibited List 2019."
Sarabjeet is not the first Indian weightlifter to have been found guilty of a doping violation.
Earlier in December, 2017 Commonwealth Championships silver medallist weightlifter Seema was also found guilty of doping violation and was handed a four-year ban.
History of doping among Indian athletes
The use of prohibited drugs in Indian sports has been prevalent in the sports fraternity for decades and has increased in recent years.
In 2002, Arjuna Award winner and Olympian, Satheesha Rai, was tested positive for a banned substance. Rai was also stripped of his 2002 CWG gold medal.
Another Indian Olympian, Sanamacha Thingbaijani Chanu, was also found guilty for using banned substance and was disqualified from the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Sanamacha was found guilty of a doping violation for the second time during the trials for the 2010 Commonwealth Sports Games in India. She was banned for eight years after testing positive for methylhexanamine.