Indian middle distance runner Gomathi Marimuthu's appeal against four-year doping suspension rejected by CAS

The 32-year-old Gomathi's ban period will run till 16 May, 2023, counting from date of her provisional suspension — 17 May, 2019.

Press Trust of India May 05, 2021 17:51:08 IST
Indian middle distance runner Gomathi Marimuthu's appeal against four-year doping suspension rejected by CAS

Gomathi Marimuthu at the Asian Athletics Championships. Twitter@afiindia

New Delhi: The appeal of Indian middle distance runner Gomathi Marimuthu against her four-year suspension for doping in 2019 has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

The 32-year-old Gomathi's ban period will run till 16 May, 2023, counting from date of her provisional suspension — 17 May, 2019.

Gomathi won 800m gold at the Asian Championships in 2019 but was later caught for doping. Her urine sample, taken on 22 April, 2019 during the Asian Championships, contained banned 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of steroid nandrolone.

She was stripped of the gold medal and handed a four-year ban by the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal on 26 May last year. She then approached the CAS, challenging the verdict.

The sole arbitrator of CAS, Prof. Jan Paulsson of Bahrain, however, ruled that Gomathi was guilty of doping and would undergo four-year suspension as ordered by the first-instance hearing panel, from May 17, 2019 to 16 May, 2023.

All her results attained between 18 March and 17 May, 2019 would stand annulled.

In fact, Gomathi had failed three tests prior to the 2019 Asian Championships — on 18 March, 2019 during the Federation Cup in Patiala and twice on 13 April, 2019 during the selection trials in Patiala.

In her appeal, Gomathi contended that she suffered from Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which, combined with a "spontaneous" miscarriage in January 2019 after till-then-undisclosed pregnancy, could have caused abnormally high concentration of 19-norandrosterone in her urine.

She had also alleged that there was improper testing process resulting in the unreliability of the results.
But all these contentions were dismissed by the sole arbitrator.

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