India bans Olympic javelin thrower until 2025 for doping
NEW DELHI, Oct 3, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - Indian anti-doping authorities have
suspended Tokyo Olympic javelin thrower Shivpal Singh for four years after he
tested positive for a banned drug.
Shivpal, India's second best javelin athlete after Olympic gold medallist
Neeraj Chopra, was tested out of competition in September last year.
Shivpal, who finished 27th in javelin qualifying at last summer's pandemic-
delayed Games, tested positive for methandienone, a performance-enhancing
The 27-year-old's ban by India's anti-doping disciplinary panel comes into
effect from his provisional suspension in October last year. It ends in
October 2025, the panel said.
Shivpal threw a personal best of 86.23m to win silver at the Asian
championships in Doha in 2019.
He adds to the growing list of Indian athletes to be suspended for doping
this year, including Tokyo Olympic discuss thrower Kamalpreet Kaur.
India are ranked third in the number of doping violations behind Russia and
Italy, according to a World Anti-Doping Agency report released last year.