Dipa Karmakar Accepts Suspension For Doping Case Resolution, Indian gymnastics star, Dipa Karmakar, received a 21-month ban for failing a drug test. On Saturday, she explained that she accepted a provisional suspension after testing positive for a banned substance. Karmakar maintained that she had unknowingly ingested the prohibited substance, Higenamine – S3 Beta-2 Agonists, which was discovered in her sample. She did so in order to quickly resolve her case with the international federation.
“…I unknowingly ingested and could not determine the source of (the banned substance). I decided to take a provisional suspension with the hope of a swift resolution with the international federation,” – Karmakar wrote on her Twitter handle, indicating that she had admitted to the doping rule violation.
Dipa Karmakar Accepts Suspension for Swift Resolution Of Doping Case
The International Testing Agency (ITA), an independent organization that oversees the anti-doping program of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), collected Karmakar’s dope sample out-of-competition on October 11, 2021.
The US Anti-Doping Agency reports that Higenamine is present in various herbs used for traditional medicine and is sometimes included in supplements without being explicitly labeled. It was added to the WADA prohibited list in 2017 and is prohibited at all times, both in and out-of-competition.
Dipa Karmakar Accepts Suspension, Karmakar a 29-year-old athlete who gained recognition after securing fourth place in the vault event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, has been facing difficulties due to injuries. She underwent surgery to treat an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in 2017, and has been struggling with it ever since.
The most recent FIG event that she participated in was the 2019 World Cup held in Baku.
Dipa Karmakar Accepts Suspension, Although her results have been disqualified from October 11, 2021, her ban period will conclude on July 10 of this year. This is because the ban period was calculated from the day the sample was collected, which was October 11, 2021.
According to Dipa Karmakar Accepts Suspension, her doping case has been the most challenging battle she has faced in her life, mentally.
“I didn’t even know how it (the banned drug) entered my body and that for any sports person…it would have broken anybody. So it is not only hurtful but also the toughest mental battle that I have ever fought,” – the gymnast from Tripura told PTI.
“I had two surgeries in 2017 and 2019 and when I returned to the field… I mean, I faced one setback after another. I just want to get back strongly on the field.” – According to the ITA, the case was resolved under a case resolution agreement pursuant to article 10.8.2 of the FIG Anti-Doping Rules, which is applicable when “the Athlete or other Person admits an anti-doping rule violation after being confronted with the anti-doping rule violation by FIG and agrees to Consequences acceptable to FIG and WADA, at their sole discretion.” – Karmakar is happy that the matter has been resolved amicably and she is looking forward to return to gymnastics in July this year.
Dipa Karmakar Accepts Suspension and says “Today marks the end of one of the longest battles I have fought for myself and my career. My suspension has been reduced by three months and back dated by 2.5 months. Can’t wait to get back on the floor.
“It has been distressful to not know how the substances entered the body, however, more so to be in a position where my ethics have been questioned.
“Never in my career has the thought of consuming a banned substance crossed my mind. Gymnastics is all I have and I would never do anything which would bring myself or my country into disrepute.” – The Switzerland based ITA is a non-profit organisation which works under the supervision of WADA and International Olympic Committee to implement anti-doping programmes for various international federations.
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Over Dipa Karmakar Accepts Suspension, Karmakar’s coach, Bishweshwar Nandi, stated that her samples were sent to a WADA-approved laboratory in Germany for additional testing, and no prohibited substance was detected.
“If she would have taken performance-enhancing drugs then she would have been banned for four years. She didn’t know how it entered her body and WADA also understands it.
“We wanted to find out how it entered the body and so we wrote to WADA and then all the medicines and products were examined in Germany, but nothing was found,” – Nandi said.
As Per Dipa Karmakar Accepts Suspension, Karmakar denied rumours that her suspension was due to her failure to comply with the whereabouts clause.
“Multiple media reports have speculated that I was under a 2-year suspension for failing to inform WADA of my whereabouts through the Anti-Doping Administration Management System (ADAMS).
Dipa Karmakar Accepts Suspension says “However, I would like to clarify that these are false and inaccurate and do not reveal the facts and nature of the matter.” Asked about her fitness, Karmakar said: – “I had an ankle injury mid last year, so my rehab is going on. I haven’t given a thought to any events but the focus is on getting back my fitness as soon as possible. I cannot wait to get back on the floor.” – Nandi said his ward will return to action only if she is capable of reaching the finals of the events in which she participates.
“It takes 18-19 months to completely regain fitness and she will do difficulty vault, so she will not just participate, she will return only if she can get to finals, that’s my challenge as a coach.” – The Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI) officials had claimed ignorance after Karmakar was put in the “suspended” category by the FIG in February last year.
At that time, Sudhir Mittal, the president of GFI, stated that he had not been informed by the FIG about her “suspended” status.
At that time, Karmakar and her coach Nandi remained silent. Some GFI officials suggested that the “suspended” status might be due to other matters, such as ethical or disciplinary issues, rather than a doping violation.
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