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Kamalpreet Kaur, India’s best discus thrower, is now banned for three years by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). On Wednesday, the AIU announced that Kaur had tested positive for the banned anabolic steroid in a test conducted on March 7 this year.
Kaur’s ban follows on the heels of fellow Indian Shivpal Singh, a javelin thrower, who competed at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He was given a four-year ban for failing a drugs test in 2021.
Kaur is one of India’s top athletes and currently holds the national record at 66.59m.
The 26-year-old finished sixth in the Olympics, is the current and three-time national champion and finished fifth at the Asian Championships twice.
The 27-year-old Singh owns a best of 86.23m. He won the World Military Games that took place in Wuhan, China in 2019 with a 83.33 throw. He is banned until 2025.
Singh is the fifth notable Indian athlete to be caught doping. Discus thrower Navjeet Kaur Dhillon, sprinter Dhanalakshmi Sekar, and 400m MR Poovamma have all been suspended from competition due to doping.