Indian shot putter Navin Chikara suspended for 4 years for flunking dope test

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New Delhi: Indian shot putter Navin Chikara has been placed under suspension for four years by global athletics body’s (IAAF) Athletics Integrity Unit for failing an out-of-competition dope test in 2018.

Chikara was banned for the presence and use of a prohibited substance and his four-year suspension starts from July 27, 2018, AIU said.

“On 27 July 2018, the Athlete was subject to out-of-competition Testing pursuant to the Testing Authority of the National Anti-Doping Agency of India in Patiala. On 28 October 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada, reported an Adverse Analytical Finding for the presence of GHRP-6 in the Sample,” AIU said in a statement.

In November 2018, a provisional suspension was imposed on Chikara, who later waived his right to have the ‘B’ sample analyzed.

In December 2018, “the Athlete informed the AIU that he accepted the AAF and that he had been unaware that GHRP-6 was a Prohibited Substance.”

On March 12, Chikara admitted to the “Anti-Doping Rule Violations and accepted the consequences proposed by the AIU (including a period of ineligibility of four years) by returning a signed Admission of Anti-Doping Rule Violation and Acceptance of Sanction Form.”

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