The most experienced runner of the Asian and Commonwealth gold medal winning relay squad,Manjeet Kaur,faces a possible two year ban for repeatedly evading out-of-competition National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) dope tests.
Her latest dope dodge came about during the Federation Cup Senior National Championships at Patiala last month. It is learnt that the 30-year-old refused to get tested after she was asked to appear at the dope control station. NADA director general,Rahul Bhatnagar,said on Tuesday,that Manjeet will have to appear before a disciplinary panel to present her case.
Since she has evaded dope control officers,we will be issuing a notice for anti-doping rule violation to Manjeet Kaur on Wednesday. Once the notice is issued she will have to appear before NADAs disciplinary panel. This violation attracts a maximum ineligibility period of up to two years, he said.
Incidentally,three of Manjeets team mates,Ashwini Akkunji,Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose,who were part of the celebrated golden group are presently serving a years ban for doping violation. When the NADA officials landed at the National Institute of Sports at Patiala last year to collect urine samples of the relay team,which subsequently saw them testing positive for banned substance,Manjeet was missing.
Since then,Manjeet has maintained a low profile. Earlier she had pulled out of the final of the 400 metres at the Inter-state meet in Bangalore last June. Subsequently,Manjeet got promoted as DSP in the Punjab police and underwent training in Jalandhar.
The dope control officers,who went to collect her sample,during her police training stint could not locate her. The athlete was set to make a return at the Federation Cup in April but did not participate.