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13th September 2015
The National Anti-Doping Authority (NADA) of India has sanctioned six and provisionally suspended three athletes during August, its monthly newsletter revealed. It also held ten other hearings during the month into doping cases that have yet to be decided (see table). One athlete was successful in his appeal, halving his four year sanction.
Manish Tokas, a judoka, halved a four year sanction imposed on 25 May 2016, after he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for furosemide, a diuretic. His original sanction ran from 28 October 2015, which means he will be free to begin competing again at the end of next month.
Four year sanctions were issued to powerlifter Karnail Singh; weightlifters Ashish Kumar and Sushila Panwar; and wrestler Nisha. Panwar returned an AAF for meldonium in April. One year bans were issued to javelin thrower Rohit Yadav, and volleyball player Aayush. Yadav is likely to be stripped of his Asian Youth Athletics championship silver medal.
Two powerlifters were provisionally suspended following tests at the national championships in May. Premnath Chandra (93kg, male) was provisionally suspended from 4 May, and Namrata Uttam (57kg, female) was provisionally suspended from 5 May. Boxer Pradeep Kumar was provisionally suspended from 2 August following an out of competition (OOC) test.
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