Boxer Manjeet suspended for failing dope test

February 8th, 2009 - 11:39 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 7 (IANS) Indian boxer Manjeet Singh has been suspended for two years after failing a dope test and his team mate Baljeet Singh’s sample ‘A’ has also tested positive for a banned steroid, the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) said Saturday.
IBF has suspended Manjeet, a middle-weight boxer, with immediate effect. The boxer has appealed against the ban.

“It was his first offence so we have suspended him for two years. His appeal is now pending with the anti-doping panel,” IBF general secretary P.K. Muralidharan Raja told IANS Saturday.

Manjeet, 2007 Commonwealth Championship bronze medallist, was tested during a national camp in April last year. IBF has asked him to return the silver medal he won at the National Championship.

“Manjeet has pleaded innocence and claimed that he might have taken the substance while recovering from a wrist injury. But we have asked him to return his national medal,” said Raja.

He also said that Baljeet’s ‘B’ sample has been sent for testing.

“We have to wait for a while till Baljeet’s ‘B’ sample results are out. His samples were taken during the Nationals in September,” Raja said.

All the samples were tested at the National Dope Testing Laboratory here.

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