Manpreet Kaur: Shot-putter champion Manpreet Kaur who won gold-medal in Asian Athletics Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar failed the dope test. National Anti-Doping Officials conducted the test during the Federation Cup National Championships held in Patiala from June 1-4. This is the first time that an athlete has been caught for using dimethyl butylamine, which is structurally related to methylhexaneamine, a stimulant which was found to have been used by several sports persons just before the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. She has not been put under provisional suspension as dimethyl butylamine is a specified substance under the WADA Code, but India will lose the gold medal she won in Bhubaneswar if her confirmatory urine sample ‘B’ test also returns positive.
The test was positive which make a shame to our country, and the gold medal was lose clinched by her earlier this month. “Manpreet has tested positive in a test conducted during the Federation Cup in June. Her urine sample has been found to have stimulant dimethyl butylamine,” an Athletics Federation of India official told PTI. “We have been notified by NADA about this last night,” he said.
When the reporters contacted Manpreet’s coach Karamjeet, who is also her husband, said, “we have not yet been told about anything.”. “We have not thought about it (about her World Championships participation). But we cannot lose our face on that big stage. We have to figure out about that,” the AFI official added. Manpreet had set a national record in Asian Grand Pix meet in Jinhua (China) with a throw of 18.86m which fetched her gold as well as a World Championships berth. Also, she won gold in the Federation Cup, Asian Championships (July -9) and the National Inter-State Championships which concluded at Guntur yesterday. She is already qualified for the next month World Championships to be held in London. Stay tuned for more updates.