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Sanjita Chanu, a two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist in weightlifting, has been handed a four-year ban by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) after failing a doping test. The ban means that Sanjita will not be able to participate in any weightlifting competitions until 2022.
Sanjita’s ban comes after she tested positive for the anabolic steroid testosterone during an out-of-competition test conducted in November Sanjita denied any wrongdoing and challenged the ban, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the IWF’s decision.
Sanjita, who won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, is the latest Indian weightlifter to be hit with a doping ban. In 2019, fellow weightlifter K.
Sanjita Chanu was also banned for four years after failing a doping test. The ban is a blow to Sanjita’s career and to India’s hopes of success in weightlifting. Sanjita was considered one of India’s top weightlifters, and her absence from the competition will be felt in both national and international events.
The IWF has been cracking down on doping in weightlifting in recent years, implementing stricter testing protocols and handing out longer bans to athletes who fail tests. While the bans are a necessary step towards cleaning up the sport, they are also a reminder of the importance of clean competition and the need for athletes to follow anti-doping rules.