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NEW DELHI: “It’s a conspiracy against me and the truth will soon come out” – this was discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur’s first reaction when asked about her failed dope test for anabolic steroid ‘tanozolol. Kamalpreet, who shot to limelight after finishing sixth in her first Olympics with a best throw of 63.70m in Tokyo 2021, claimed that she had never cheated in her life.
TOI had spoken to the Punjab athlete hours before her adverse analytical finding (AAF) for the banned substance was made public by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) through a tweet from its official handle late Wednesday evening. The tweet read: “The AIU has provisionally suspended discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur of India for the Presence/Use of a Prohibited Substance (Stanozolol), a breach of the @WorldAthletics Anti-Doping Rules.”
When TOI confronted Kamalpreet, the first Indian woman to breach the 65m barrier in discus, with the details it had, the athlete informed that she had herself been on a fact-finding mission to unearth the conspiracy and come out clean.
“The truth will come out. I know it’s a conspiracy (against me). I come from a humble background and struggled a lot to reach where I am today,” she stated.
It’s been learnt that Kamalpreet was suspicious about a protein supplement provided by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) from a private vendor to the national campers. She had even visited the National Anti-Doping Agency (Nada) and National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) in the third week of April to enquire about the authenticity of the product and to get it laboratory tested.
Kamalpreet hinted at the involvement of a senior fellow athlete.
In June last year, senior discus thrower Seema Punia, who had qualified for her fourth Olympics in Tokyo, had demanded a hyperandrogenism test on Kamalpreet. She had also written to the AFI, raising concerns over the ‘sudden’ improvement in Kamalpreet’s performance. Kamalpreet also informed that she has been suffering from injuries on both knees even before competing at the Tokyo Olympics and that she would be going under the knife by the end of this month. This, as per Kamalpreet, was the reason behind her omission from the senior national camp in NIS Patiala, which began on April 16, and not the dope issue.
“I am suffering from knee injuries and the pain has become unbearable. It had started before Tokyo because of the heavy practice load. Then after returning from the Olympics, I consulted a few doctors who advised surgery, but I continued to train and compete. I’ll go for the surgery by the end of this month.” she signed off.





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