Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022

Commonwealth Games 2022: S Dhanalakshmi, Aishwarya Babu Ruled Out After Failing Dope Test

S Dhanalakshmi, who was supposed to represent India in women’s 100m and 4x100m relay races at CWG 2022 returned positive for a banned steroid.

S Dhanalakshmi was a part of the Indian athletics team for Commonwealth Games 2022.
S Dhanalakshmi was a part of the Indian athletics team for Commonwealth Games 2022. Twitter

Top sprinter S Dhanalakshmi has been ruled out of the upcoming Commonwealth Games 2022 after failing a dope test while national record holder triple jumper Aishwarya Babu has also tested positive for a banned substance, sources said on Wednesday. (More Sports News)

The 24-year-old Dhanalakshmi, who was named in the 36-member Indian athletics team for the Birmingham CWG, returned positive for a banned steroid in a dope test conducted abroad by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the World Athletics.

“Dhanalakshmi tested positive in a dope test conducted by AIU. She will not go for Birmingham CWG,” a top source privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity. Dhanalakshmi was named in the CWG team for 100m and the 4x100m relay team along with the likes of Dutee Chand, Hima Das and Srabani Nanda.

She was also named in the Indian team for the ongoing World Athletics Championships 2022 in Eugene, USA, but failed to make it to the showpiece, ostensibly due to visa problems.

Dhanalakshmi had recorded a personal best time of 22.89 seconds to win 200m gold at the Qosanov Memorial Athletics Meet on June 26. She had become only the third Indian woman to run sub-23s after national record holder Saraswati Saha (22.82s) and Hima Das (22.88s).

The 24-year-old Aishwarya's dope sample, taken by the NADA officials during the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Chennai last month, has also returned a positive result. “Triple jumper Aishwarya Babu's sample, taken during the National Inter-State Championships, has returned positive,” the source said.

Aishwarya had smashed the triple jump national record with a stunning effort of 14.14m to emerge the undisputed star of the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships (June 10-14) in Chennai.


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