NEW DELHI, March 28: The integrity unit of the global athletics body has suspended Indian shot putter Navin Chikara for four years for failing an out-of-competition dope test in 2018.
Chikara, 23, has been banned for using a prohibited substance and his suspension period is effective from July 27, 2018, the Athletics Integrity Unit of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said on Friday.
�On 27 July 2018, the Athlete was subject to out-of-competition Testing pursuant to the Testing Authority of the National Anti-Doping Agency of India in Patiala,� the AIU said in a statement.
�On 28 October 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada, reported an Adverse Analytical Finding for the presence of GHRP-6 in the Sample.�
Chikara had won a silver at the 2018 Federation Cup apart from finishing runner-up at the inter-state championships in the same year.
In November 2018, a provisional suspension was imposed on Chikara, who later waived his right to have the B sample analysed. � PTI