India CWG champion lifter Sanjita Chanu cleared of doping charges – other sports


Worldwide Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has cleared India’s Ok Sanjita Chanu of anti-doping violation over expenses introduced up in November 2017 citing “non conformities” within the dealing with of her pattern. The Manipur lifter had examined constructive for testosterone, a banned anabolic steroid, in an out-of-competition check performed by the USA Anti Doping Company earlier than collaborating within the 2017 world championships in Las Vegas. The 26-year-old 53kg lifter expressed reduction, and regarded forward. “It is going to give me a possibility now to use for the Arjuna Award because the date has been prolonged,” she stated on telephone from Imphal. The final date for submission is June 22.

Chanu is a two-time Commonwealth Video games gold medallist—at Glasgow in 2014 (48kg) and in Gold Coast in 2018 (53kg). Her exoneration comes two days after the lifter, who has denied any wrongdoing, threatened to sue to world physique for damages because the case dragged on. On Wednesday, she advised AFP: “I’ll discuss to a counsel and take authorized motion towards the world physique and search damages. I’m relieved sure, however what in regards to the time I’ve misplaced?”

IWF authorized counsel Lilla Sagi despatched an e-mail to the lifter on Monday informing that the case has been closed following the advice of the World Anti Doping Company (WADA).

“On Could 28, WADA had knowledgeable IWF that “as a result of sure non-conformities on the time of the evaluation of the pattern with the IRMS analytical technique of the laboratory (which have since been corrected to the satisfaction of the WADA Laboratory Skilled Group), WADA recommends –out of equity to the athlete– that the case towards the athlete based mostly on the pattern be closed.” Consequently, IWF has determined to withdraw the costs towards the athlete based mostly on pattern 1599000 and to shut the matter,” IWF stated in a letter to Chanu.

Though Chanu failed the check in November 2017, she was provisionally suspended by IWF solely in Could 2018. That allowed her to take part within the Gold Coast CWG in April that yr, and he or she gained gold.

The final two years had been mentally draining for the household because of the stain of doping on Chanu, her brother Bijen Kumar stated. “Since Chanu was provisionally suspended, she couldn’t compete in IWF-sanctioned occasions and missed the prospect to take part within the Olympic qualification cycle,” he stated.

Chanu had appeared earlier than the IWF listening to committee in Budapest and the panel determined to elevate the provisional suspension on January 22, 2019.

“We’re but to consider compensation as we needed to spend greater than R25 lakh in travelling and in authorized bills,” Kumar stated.