Interesting that female Indian hammer thrower, who appears to be a teenger, tested positive for doping. The athlete competed at the 'Commonwealth Youth Games', where 'youth' does not mean 'clean'. She was noted to be a rising star in the hammer throw in India. The PED found in the doping test was not revealed. Often anabolic steroids are utilized by field event athletes to enhance strength.
Hammer thrower Kanika Kumari’s random dope test during the training camp in Patiala has returned positive for an anabolic steroid. The results of the tests reached the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) just in time for the team management to pull her out of the competition at the ongoing 3rd Commonwealth Youth Games.
Kanika was listed in the start-list for the women’s hammer throw event held on Wednesday, but in the final results she was mentioned as the one who ‘did not start’. The thrower was fit a day before and injury could not have been an issue to withdraw her name.
Having got the confirmation from the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), New Delhi, which tested the urine samples collected in Patiala, the AFI officials at the Pune CYG saved an embarrassing situation for the hosts by her timely withdrawal.
Sources in the NDTL confirmed that Kanika Kumari had failed the dope test prior to the Pune games. In fact, Kanika was tipped as one of the medal prospect. Delhi girl Kanika, has represented her state in all major competitions in last three years and had attended the national camp for the CYG before leaving for Pune.
In Pune, the AFI Secretary-General Lalit Bhanot skirted the issue saying she was probably withdrawn for her past records - short of saying that Kanika’s urine sample returned positive. Chief coach Suresh Babu said it was the AFI’s decision to withdraw her. “I have not received any reason for her pull out, but it can be anything.
Without saying in as many words, Babu, however, wondered how Kanika’s performance had shot up in such a short span. “These athletes from North and the ones who train at certain centres have the tendency to take (performance enhancing drugs). We can not stop everyone, but I am happy that India has done well at the CYG and it was beyond our expectations,” Babu said.
Indian sports aficionados were surprised at the athletes rapid achievement; she apparently enlisted extra help along the way. Of concern is some expert's attituds that women do not use anabolic steroids. That would be a spurious position.
Kanika’s rise to the fame in a very short period had always raised suspicions, but she hadn’t failed a dope test till now. In fact, her record-breaking performance at a national level competition recently indicated that she was a certain medal prospect at the CYG.
According to a Delhi-based senior athletics coach, Kanika’s record-breaking performance of 50.80m during the School Games in Kolkata had impressed the officials of the Delhi Development Authority athletics academy, and she was inducted into its scheme.