Chanu`s `B` sample tests positive, faces life ban

Chanu was staring at a life ban after her `B` sample test also turned out to be positive.

New Delhi: Dope tainted weightlifter
Sanamacha Chanu was staring at a life ban after her `B` sample
test conducted by NADA also turned out to be positive for a
banned stimulant.

The `A` sample of 31-year-old Chanu, one of the most
successful woman weightlifters in the country, which was taken
during the trials for the Commonwealth Games here last month
had tested positive for methylhexaneamine.

This is the second dope offence for Chanu, a former Asian
champion and 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games gold
medallist, after her dope flunk at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Chanu was added in the CWG Core Group of lifters in
August last year after serving out her two-year ban. She,
however, could not make it to the Commonwealth Games team as
she could manage only the third place in a three-woman field
in the 53kg category trials here last month, totaling 172kg.

"Chanu`s `B` sample had also come out to be positive for
methylhexaneamine. We have sent the notice to Chanu and Indian
Weightlifting Federation. We will fix a date for her if she
wants to appear before the NADA disciplinary panel," NADA
Director General Rahul Bhatnagar told reporters.

The dope flunk came days after Indian Weightlifting
Federation completed payment of a hefty USD five lakh fine to
the international body after its six lifters failed WADA dope
tests conducted last September.

The country`s lifters were allowed to take part in next
month`s Commonwealth Games here after the CWG OC gave an
interest-free loan of Rs 1.75 crore for the IWF to pay the
remaining two installments of USD five lakh fine by August 31.

Chanu, Arjuna Award winner in 2000, had earlier tested
positive for a diuretic at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and was
handed two-year ban.

Meanwhile, Bhatnagar said a team of WADA officials
visited the National Institute of Sports at Patiala where
Commonwealth Games-bound boxers, weightlifters, wrestlers and
athletes are camping and had taken 20 samples last weekend.

"A WADA team came down to Patiala at the weekend and they
had taken 20 samples. WADA people visit the country once in a
a year and since Commonwealth Games in being held here they
might have just thought of coming here at this time,"
Bhatnagar said.