Indian Hammer Thrower Rachna Kumari Banned For 12 Years For Doping


Top Indian hammer thrower Rachna Kumari was banned for 12 years on Tuesday by the international federation's Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing multiple dope tests, essentially ending her career.
Steroids Stanozolol, Metandione and Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), Clenbuterol were found in the dope sample of 30-year-old Kumari, who was taken out of competition by AIU last year. “AIU has banned Kumari (KM) Rachna (India) for presence/use of banned substance (Stanozolol, Metandienone, DHCMT, Clenbuterol) for 12 years from 24th November, 2023. DQ results will come from 24th September 2023 ” Said in a tweet.

“…and disqualification of the athlete's results from 24 September 2023, with all consequential consequences, including forfeiture of any titles, awards, medals, points awards and appearance money.” This was Kumari's second anti-doping rule violation. He was handed a four-year ban from March 18, 2015 to March 17, 2019, for an anti-doping rule violation regarding the presence of methenolone in a sample collected on February 10, 2015.

Two of his urine samples, which were thrown out of the competition in Patiala by AIU on September 24 last year, tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids.

The AUI reported that two urine samples were collected because the first did not have the appropriate specific gravity for analysis as defined in the 2023 WADA International Standard for Tests and Investigations.

Another competition sample taken by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) during the National Games in Goa on November 1, 2023 returned an abnormal finding (ATF) for clenbuterol. NADA investigated the matter.

In December 2023, following a request by the AIU, NADA agreed to transfer its responsibility for the investigation of Clenbuterol to the ATF. AIU made the request to NADA because two urine samples tested by the international body (AIU) had also returned ATF for clenbuterol.

The athlete failed to respond or provide any information to the AIU regarding the ATF investigation by December 22. The ATF for clenbuterol was adopted as (additional) adverse analytical findings in accordance with Article 5.1 of the WADA Code.

Noting that the athlete had committed a first doping offense in 2015, the AIU ruled that her current case would be considered a second violation, however, with a more serious sanction, including the application of aggravating circumstances.

A second dope offense normally carries an eight-year ban, but due to “aggravating circumstances” he was given a 12-year ban.

“As per Rule 10.9.3(a), the adverse analytical findings (including ATF brought forward as adverse analytical findings) in the samples collected on 24 September 2023 and 1 November 2023 (by NADA) will be clubbed together as a single (Second) violation,” the AIU said in its decision.

Furthermore, Rule 10.9.3(a) confirms that the penalty imposed will be based on the violation that carries a more severe penalty, including the application of aggravating circumstances.

“The AIU considers that the presence of multiple prohibited substances provides clear evidence that the athlete used multiple prohibited substances and/or used a prohibited substance on multiple occasions that fully falls within the definition of aggravating circumstances.” The AIU said: “The four (4) year period of ineligibility that otherwise applies…will therefore be extended in accordance with Rule 10.4.

“Pursuant to Rule 10.9.1(a), the period of ineligibility imposed is a period of twelve (12) years of ineligibility.” The AIU issued a charge notice to Kumari and imposed provisional suspension and sought a written explanation from her for the adverse analytical findings. After this Kumari requested AIU to analyze her B sample.

When the analysis of the B sample also confirmed the results of the A sample, the AIU issued a notice to Kumari that it was “satisfied that she committed an anti-doping rule violation.” Kumari was part of the 68-member Indian athletics team that competed at the Hangzhou Asian Games (September 23 to October 8). She had finished ninth in the women's hammer throw event on September 29 with an effort of 58.13 metres.

Kumari had won the gold medal at the National Inter-State Championships in Bhubaneswar in June with a throw of 65.03 metres. He also recently won a bronze medal in the Goa National Games with a throw of 59.85 metres. He has not won any international medal.

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