CWC Gold Medallist Lifter Sanjita Chanu’s ‘B’ Sample Returns Positive


New Delhi: In a letter to the Indian Weightlifting Federation and Sanjita Chanu, IWF legal counsel Eva Nyirfa on Tuesday informed that Commonwealth Games gold medallist lifter Sanjita Chanu’s ‘B’ sample has also returned positive. This has put paid to her hopes of fighting her case based on an ‘administrative lapse’ the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) made in naming her exact sample no. in their communication.

 “You are required to inform us latest until 18 September whether the Athlete wishes to request a hearing before the IWF Hearing Panel,” Nyirfa wrote.

While Sanjita has agreed to appear for hearing to ‘proof her innocence,’ she has also requested IWF to provide the complete laboratory documentation package of her Sample B analysis. IWF said it has forwarded the request to the laboratory.

The Manipur lifter, who failed an out of competition dope test for anabolic steroid (testosterone) in November 2017 prior to World Championship in Las Vegas in USA, was provisionally suspended and is now staring at a four year suspension if prove guilty during hearing.

Her A sample positive report came only on May 15, after she had participated in the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast and won a gold medal in women’s 53kg category.

Since the disclosure, Sanjita has claimed innocence. Her claims gained ground when it came to light that the international body in its communication to the Indian national federation on May 15 referred to two different sample numbers (sample no. 1599000 and sample no 1599176) while informing about Chanu’s doping offence. IWF mentioned sample code number 1599000 as the one collected on November 17 last year at Las Vegas while sample code 1599176 was mentioned in the results section.

Sanjita wrote to IWF, seeking a probe into the issue. She also sent a letter to the PMO and the sports ministry to look into her case, which was then directed to NADA.

The IWF replying to the clarification sought by NADA admitted to the ‘administrative mistake’ but also stressed that Chanu’s sample had tested positive.

NADA, in its reply to the Sports Ministry, said that Sanjita “will need to explain before the International Weightlifting Federation hearing panel regarding the Anti-Doping Rule violation”.

Sanjita wrote back to IWF demanding a probe into the whole fiasco.

In her letter to IWF on Wednesday, Sanjita has asked for a chain of documents, including a request to share the athlete’s name whose sample no (1599176) ‘mistakenly’ appeared in her suspension order.

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