Olympic Quest Derailed: Hooda Suspended for Whereabouts Failures

The International Testing Agency (ITA) has imposed a 22-month suspension on Indian boxer Parveen Hooda on account of whereabouts failures. The suspension will be effective until July 16, 2025.

As per ITIA’s press release, the athlete agreed to the consequences proposed and expressly waived a hearing on the matter. The boxer is said to have committed three whereabouts failures within a 12-month period, which amounted to a potential anti-doping rule violation as per the provisions of the International Boxing Association (IBA) Anti-Doping Rules and the World Anti-Doping Code.

Additionally, the results obtained by the athlete between December 11, 2022, and May 17, 2024, have been disqualified. Due to this disqualification, Hooda lost the Bronze medal won at the Asian Games 2023, in Hangzhou, and consequently had to give up the 57 kg quota she had secured at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. The said quota was regained by Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist Jaismine Lamboria at the second World Olympic Qualifiers in Bangkok on June 2. With this, Lamboria became the sixth Indian boxer to secure a Paris 2024 quota.