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Dutee Chand, fastest Indian woman athlete, handed four-year ban for failing dope tests

Dutee Chand took two out-of-competition tests in December 2022. She has been banned for failing dope tests for selective androgen receptor modulators.

Written By: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Updated on: August 18, 2023 15:14 IST
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India's fastest woman athlete Dutee Chand has been handed with a four-year ban for failing two out-of-competition dope tests for selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs). The Indian star, who holds the national record of 100m, gets a ban effective from January 3, 2023, Dutee was tested twice by NADA's control officers on December 5 and 26 in Bhubaneswar.

Notably, all her competitive results since her sample collection will be disqualified. "All the competitive results obtained by the athlete from the date of her sample collection, which was December 5, 2022, shall stand disqualified with all resulting consequences including forfeiture of medals, points and prizes,” the Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) said in its order passed on Thursday.

The order futher detailed that Dutee has satisfied the panel with the source of igestion. "The athlete though has satisfied the panel with the source of ingestion of the prohibited substance but was not able to establish the no significant fault or negligence. In view of the totality of circumstances, the athlete has failed to establish that the said anti doping rule violation (ADRV) was unintentional due to following reasons: 1) The athlete instead of consulting a physician allegedly consulted her physiotherapist and consumed the medicines prescribed by her. 2) The athlete did not check the label with respect to the contents of the medicine consumed by her. 3) The athlete didn’t cross check the contents of the drugs with the latest published lists of prohibited substances by WADA," it added.

The order also stated that the athlete has violated article 2.1 and 2.2 of NADA and is ineligible for four years beginning "beginning from the date of provisional suspension i.e. January 3, 2023". It added that she failed to satisfy the panel the ADRV was non-intentional.

Dutee to file appeal for the ban

Meanwhile, Dutee is reportedly in the process to file an appeal for her ban. Dutee's counsel Parth Goswami has told PTI that she is a "clean athlete" and it is a case of "unintentional consumption". Reflecting on the matter, Goswami said, "For us, this is a clear case of unintentional consumption of a banned substance. We were clearly able to establish the source of the substance in the body, which is a substantial proof of lack of intent. The substance was never used to gain any sporting advantage."

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