Asian Games gold medallist Priyanka Panwar has been handed over a ban of eight years by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) after she tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug for the second time.
As per the NADA code, athletes caught for a second anti-doping rule violation get a sanction ranging from eight-year to lifetime ban.
Panwar won the women’s 4x400m relay gold at the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon along with Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur, and MR Poovamma, clocking a new meet record of 3:28.68s.
The 29-year-old had tested positive for anabolic steroids along with Ashwini Akkunji in tests conducted by NADA in Patiala six years ago.
She again failed a dope test for a banned non-specified substance during the national inter-state athletics championship in Hyderabad on July 2016 following which she was provisionally suspended.
Nearly 40 athletes have been found positive this year, NADA director general Navin Agarwal said.