New Delhi: The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Wednesday removed the ban imposed on India's weight lifter Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu. IWF informed the India Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) and Sanjita of the development. It is a big reprieve for the two-time Commonwealth Games gold-medallist who has claimed innocence.
In a letter the the IWF legal Counsel Eva Nyirfa said that on the basis of the information at its disposal the IWF has decided that the provisional suspension of the athlete (Khumukcham Sanjita) shall be lifted as of today (22 January 2019). He further added that the IWF Hearing Panel will render its decision on the athlete's case in due course.
The 25-year-old Indian weight lifter who had won a gold in the women's 53kg category at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, had tested positive for anabolic steroid testosterone as her urine sample was taken prior to the World Championships in November 17. Chanu was then put under provisional suspension in May last year. In Gold Coast, Sanjita made a new Commonwealth Games record with a lift of 84 kg in snatch and 108 kg in clean and jerk, to finish with a total of 192 kg.