Indian weightlifter Sanjita Chanu, who recently won her second consecutive gold medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games, has tested positive for testosterone, which improves muscle strength and endurance and has been provisionally suspended for consuming performance enhancing drugs, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) said in a statement.
"IWF reports that the sample of Ms. Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham (IND) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Testosterone (S1.1 Anabolic Agents). As a consequence, the Athlete is provisionally suspended in view of a potential anti-doping rule violation," IWF stated.
"In any case where it is determined that the Athlete did not commit an anti-doping rule violation, the relevant decision will also be published," the IWF added.
Meanwhile, if the if the 24-year-old found guilty of drug abuse, then she can be suspended for up to four years, which will see her missing this year’s Asian Games as well as the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
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