New Delhi: Asian Games gold medallist Priyanka Panwar has been handed over a ban of eight years by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) after she tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug for the second time.
As per the NADA code, athletes caught for a second anti- doping rule violation get a sanction ranging from eight-year to life-time ban.
Panwar won the women’s 4x400m relay gold at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon along with Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and MR Poovamma, clocking a new meet record of 3:28.68s.
The 29-year-old had tested positive for anabolic steroids along with Ashwini Akkunji in tests conducted by NADA in Patiala six years ago.
She again failed a dope test for a banned non-specified substance during the national inter-state athletics championship in Hyderabad in July 2016 following which she was provisionally suspended.
Nearly 40 athletes have been found positive this year, NADA director general Navin Agarwal told this to news agency.