Two-time Commonwealth Games champion weightlifter Sanjita Chanu has tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and she has been provisionally suspended, the international federation said on Thursday.
The International Weightlifting Federation said on its website that Chanu, who had won gold in the women’s 53-kg category in the Gold Coast Games in April, had tested positive for testosterone.
“IWF reports that the sample of Ms. Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham [IND] has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Testosterone [S1.1 Anabolic Agents]. As a consequence, the Athlete is provisionally suspended in view of a potential anti-doping rule violation,” the IWF stated.
“In any case where it is determined that the Athlete did not commit an anti-doping rule violation, the relevant decision will also be published,” the IWF added.
The IWF did not give details such as the dates of the sample collection for the test, saying “it will not make any further comments on the case until it is closed”.
In November, Chanu had finished 13th in the 53-kg class at the World Championship in Anaheim, United States, with a total lift of 177 kg. She lifted a total of 192 kg to win the gold medal in the 53-kg category in Gold Coast. She had also won the gold at the 48-kg category in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.