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India’s Gomathi Marimuthu has been banned for four years because she tested positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid.
The 2019 Asian 800-metre champion has been stripped of her title.
The 31-year-old won the women’s 800m title last April during Asian Athletics Championships in Doha.
Apparently, she has tested positive from at least three other samples, all taken at in-competition tests.
The four-year ban starts on May 17, 2019, when Gomathi was first given a provisional suspension.
Her personal best in the 800m is 2:02.70 and 4:21.13 in the 1500m event.
Nandrolone, also known as 19-nortestosterone, is an androgen and anabolic steroid. It is used as an ester. Nandrolone esters are used in the treatment of anemias, cachexia, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and other issues. However, illicitly athletes use them for performance enhancement.
We have updated our Disciplinary Process pages, including a ban for middle-distance runner Gomathi Marimuthu of India, for four-years with effect from 17 May 2020.
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