NADA slaps weightlifter Seema with four-year ban over doping

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India's Commonwealth Championship silver medallist's doping sample was collected this year during the 34th Women National Weightlifting Championship in Visakhapatnam. Representative image. iStock

Indian weightlifter Seema was on Saturday (December 28) suspended for four years by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for a doping violation.

In an official statement, NADA said that India’s Commonwealth Championship silver medallist’s dop sample was collected this year during the 34th Women National Weightlifting Championship in Visakhapatnam.

“Presence of prohibited substances were found in her system during an ongoing Championship to enhance her performance which amounted to a clear cut case of cheating and outright violation of National Anti-Doping rules,” said a statement.

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“The analysis report of her sample returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for presence of a prohibited substance namely Hydroxy-4-methoxy Temoxifen (Metabolite of Tamoxifen), Selective Estrogen Receptor Modular (SERM) Metenolone, Anabolic Steroid Ostarine ( Enobosram), Selective Androgen Receptor Modular (SARM).” They are all non-specified substances as per the WADA prohibited list of 2019.

She had been given a four-year suspension by NADA’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) following the hearing on her positive test for banned performance-enhancing drugs.

Seema won a silver medal in the 2017 Commonwealth Championships and finished sixth in the women’s 75kg competition at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

(With inputs from agencies)

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