Sprinter Nirmala Sheoran Handed 8-Yr Ban for Second Doping Violation

Indian sprinter Nirmala Sheoran has been banned for eight years by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) after testing positive for performance-enhancing substances, Anabolic Androgenic Steroids and Testosterone.

Back in 2018, the athlete was handed a four-year ban for her first doping violation. Consequently, her results from August 2016 to November 2018 were disqualified, and she was stripped of the 400m gold she secured at the 2017 Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar.

Sheoran returned to the track at the National Inter-State Championships held in Bhubaneswar in June last year. Later on, as per reports, an out-of-competition test was conducted, and her sample was collected in Jaipur, which came back positive for said performance-enhancing substances.

The eight-year ban begins on August 7, 2023. Though NADA’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel passed the order on December 27, it was made public only on February 8.