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Doping Violation: Hammer Thrower Rachna Banned for 12 Years

Hammer thrower Rachna Kumari has been banned for twelve years after prohibited substances i.e., Stanozolol, Metandienone, Dehydrochloromethyl-testosterone (DHCMT), and Clenbuterol, were found in her dope sample.

For violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules (ADR), the athlete was provisionally suspended in November 2023, and at the same time, a notice of allegation was served upon her. Two months later, a notice of charge was issued to the athlete. As the athlete did not admit to the charges, the suspension period couldn’t be reduced by one year as envisaged under Rule 10.8.1 of the ADR.

This was the athlete’s second ADR violation; Kumari was earlier suspended for four years when her dope test came back positive for Metenolone in 2015. Further, since the presence of multiple prohibited substances was detected, the instant case was said to be covered under “aggravating circumstances”, justifying the imposition of a suspension period longer than the standard sanction.

The AIU proceeded to impose a ban of twelve years, with effect from the date of the provisional suspension, November 24, 2023. The period of ineligibility will end on November 23, 2035. Kumari’s results, including awards, medals, etc., have been disqualified since September 24, 2023.