Discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur provisionally suspended after testing positive for banned drug

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Tokyo: India's Kamalpreet Kaur participates in the women's discus throw final event at the 2020 Summer Olympics, in Tokyo, Monday, August 2, 2021. (PTI Photo/Gurinder Osan)(PTI08_02_2021_000300A)

Indian discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after testing positive for a banned steroid, the World Athletics body confirmed on Wednesday.

“The AIU has provisionally suspended discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur of India for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (Stanozolol), a breach of the @WorldAthletics Anti-Doping Rules,” the governing body said in a tweet.

Tokyo Olympian and national record holder in women’s discus throw, Kamalpreet Kaur faces the prospect of being banned for a maximum period of four years if she is found guilty.

Notably, a Provisional Suspension is when an Athlete or other Person is suspended temporarily from participating in any competition or activity in Athletics prior to a final decision at a hearing conducted under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules or the Integrity Code of Conduct.

The 26-year old Kaur, who holds the national record of 65.06m which she had achieved last year, finished a creditable sixth in the women’s discus throw at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games last year.

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