The Commonwealth champion, Ravi, four others get a drug ban for four years.

NEW DELHI: weightlifter Ravi Kumar Katulu , who won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games (69 kg category) and a silver in 2014 (77 kg), has been banned for four years National Anti-Doping Agency (ANY)

Purnima Pandey, weightlifter gold winner of the 2016 Junior Commonwealth Championships, Federation Cup champion. Dharam Raj Yadav , 100 and 200 m sprinter Sanjeet and weightlifter Gurmail Singh They have also been suspended for four years for doping.

Shame The lifters could miss the Tokyo Olympics

Ravi Kumar Katulu 's urine sample has tested positive for banned substance Ostarine, a' selective androgen receptor modulator '(SARM), which helps increase muscle mass. The presence of Ostarine in the samples of Ravi Kumar and Sanjeet is a blow to the country's anti-doping mechanism, as this substance has previously not been found in samples involving Indian athletes, sources told TOI. Ostarine is an investigational drug that has not yet been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

It is found mainly in supplements used by bodybuilders and has also been tested in those who have suffered muscle wasting due to prolonged illness or have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. The positive drug result of Ravi Kumar, the current national champion in the 89 kg category, cast a shadow over the efforts of the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF).

The IWLF is already in danger of losing its quotas for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, as the game's world governing body, IWF, has introduced a new set of rules for the Olympic Games. The rule states that any nation with 20 or more doping violations between 2008 and 2020 will have only one male and one female lifter in the Games. Countries with doping violations from 10 to 19 during that same period will be limited to two men and two women in Tokyo and India.

Dharam Raj's urine sample tested positive for an increase in testosterone level, while the Purnima sample had traces of steroids.

Both Ravi Kumar and Purnima, which were evaluated during the 71st national men's and 34 women's weightlifting championships in Vishakhapatnam in February 2019, have been retrospectively banned since the month of their sample collection.

Dharam Raj's suspension has retrospectively kicked off from September 19, 2018 after the discus thrower was tested out-of-competition by NADA's dope-control officers (DCOs) at a Bengaluru hotel in a surprise check for evading dope testing for months. Sanjeet was tested incompetition at the Inter-Services athletics championship in Jalahalli in September last year. Another athlete, archer Sangampreet Bisla, has been left off with a reprimand after failing to report for terbutaline use.

With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics just nine months away, the development has been a great shame for Indian sports managers. The country was the object of global shame when the National Drug Testing Laboratory (NDTL) was suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) for breach of its laboratory test procedures. The suspension of the NDTL will continue until February 20, 2020.

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