The international medal-winning boxer, Neeraj Phogat, suspended for failing to pass the drug test
NEW ONE DELHI: Neeraj, an Indian boxer who won international medals (57 kg), which was among the odds for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, has been provisionally suspended after failing to pass a drug test.
Haryana-boxer tested positive for the drug Ligandrol to improve performance and other anabolic steroids.
Former national medalist, Neeraj won a bronze medal at the prestigious Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria and a gold in a tournament in Russia this year.
He was also a gold medalist at this year's India Open in Guwahati.
His sample was collected on September 24 and analyzed in the Ani-Doping laboratory in Qatar, which gave its findings early last month.
According to the report of adverse analytical findings received on 03/11/2019 from the Anti-Doping Lab, Qatar, Ms. Neeraj was found positive by the presence of LGD-4033 (Ligandrol), other anabolic agents (S1 - Prohibited List of AM A 2019), the National Anti-Doping Agency set.
Ms. Neeraj was notified by NAD A when issuing a charge notice for violation of the 2015 NAD A Anti-Doping Rules and provisionally suspended, for example, on 11/13/2019, she added.
Neeraj has accepted the findings and has rejected a sample test 'B'.
"As requested by her, case of Ms. Neeraj is referred to the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel for expedited hearing," NAD A set.
A Boxing An official from the Federation of India said the development was transmitted to the BFI only last week.
We learned this last week and, although no action has been initiated against it so far, it has said goodbye to the national camp and we do not know where it is now, a federation official told PTI.
Neeraj had recently represented India at the World Championship in Russia, retiring after a preliminary defeat.
The 24-year-old was among the central group of eight boxers who were part of the Target Podium Scheme (TOP) of the Ministry of Sports. They installed it in September.