Star Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, known for her impressive performances on the track, has been hit with a four-year ban after failing an out-of-competition dope test. The athlete, who holds the national record, has been found to have violated anti-doping regulations, leading to the suspension.
Dutee Chand’s ban comes as a result of failing an out-of-competition dope test, with the suspension taking effect from January 3, 2023. The ban encompasses all competitive results obtained by Chand from the date of the sample collection, which was on December 5, 2022. Consequently, any medals, points, and prizes she garnered during this time will be nullified, as reported by The Times of India.
The Anti Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) reviewed the case and highlighted that while Chand did provide an explanation regarding the source of the prohibited substance, she failed to establish “no significant fault or negligence.” The panel noted several points of concern that contributed to their decision.
According to the ADDP’s order, Dutee Chand failed to meet the criteria to prove that the violation was unintentional. Among the reasons cited were her choice of consulting a physiotherapist instead of a physician, not verifying the contents of the prescribed medication, and neglecting to cross-check the drugs against the latest list of prohibited substances published by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The disciplinary panel determined that Chand had breached articles 2.1 and 2.2 of the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA), resulting in her receiving an ineligibility period of four years. This sanction is in accordance with article 10.2.1.1 of the NADA ADR 2021 and will commence from the date of her provisional suspension, which was January 3, 2023.
Dutee Chand has the option to file an appeal against the ban within 21 days of receiving the order. The athlete was subjected to two doping tests by the National Anti-Doping Agency (Nada) in December 2022. Following her positive test for prohibited anabolic steroids, she was placed under provisional suspension.
The test results revealed the presence of banned substances ‘andarine’, ‘ostarine’, and ‘ligandrol’ in her samples, prompting the unfortunate ban that has now been imposed on the 26-year-old sprinter.