Manpreet Kaur, India’s leading shot putter and gold medallist in the just concluded Asian Athletics Championships might just lose her gold medal after being caught in the dope net as she was tested positive for a banned stimulant. Kaur was tested dimethylbutylamine positive. The test was conducted by National Anti-Doping Officials during the Federation Cup National Championships held in Patiala from June 1-4.
She has not been put under provisional suspension as dimethylbutylamine is a specified substance under the WADA Code but India will lose the gold medal she won in Bhubaneswar if her confirmatory urine sample ‘B’ test also returns positive. Kaur, who is one of India’s top athlete who has also qualified for next month’s World Athletics Championships in London will not be barred from the meet as the drug comes under the unspecified category of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
“Manpreet has tested positive in a test conducted during the Federation Cup in June. Her urine sample has been found to have stimulant dimethylbutylamine. We have been notified by NADA about this last night,” an Athletics Federation of India official said.
Kaur had set a national record in the first leg of the Asian Grand Prix meet in Jinhua (China) with a throw of 18.86m which fetched her a gold as well as a World Championships berth. Later, she won a gold each in the Federation Cup, Asian Championships (July 9) and the National Inter-State Championships which concluded at Guntur on Tuesday.