Indian athlete Priyanka Panwar gets 8-year doping ban
This was Priyanka's second doping violation. Photograph: (Facebook)
Indian athlete Priyanka Panwar was suspended for eight years on Monday after she tested positive for a banned performance-enhancing drug.
The 29-year-old Asian Games gold medallist was handed the suspension by the National Anti Doping Agency’s (NADA) disciplinary panel.
The NADA verdict was based on the result of a test conducted on Panwar last year.
Priyanka's samples tested positive for the drug mephentermine, a stimulant.
As reported by PTI, NADA chief Navin Agarwal said, "She has been suspended for eight years with effect from July 2016."
As per the NADA code, athletes caught for a second doping violation get a maximum suspension of eight years.
Priyanka, along with five other athletes, had first tested positive for anabolic steroids in dope tests conducted in 2011.
That violation had resulted in a two-year suspension for Panwar.
Priyanka and her relay team won the gold in the 4x400m women’s relay at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games.