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Tokyo Olympics: UWW to impose 16 lakhs fine on WFI for Sumit Malik’s positive test

Tokyo Olympics – UWW to impose 16 Lakhs fine on WFI: Freestyle wrestler Sumit Malik (125kg category) failing a dope test has come as a double whammy for the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) ahead of Tokyo Olympics. Not only India lost a quota for the event but will also pay a hefty fine for the failed dope test. Malik failed an in-competition test that was conducted at Sofia, Bulgaria last month after he secured the Olympics quota winning a gold medal.

However, now that the United World Wrestling (UWW) has slapped him with a provisional ban until December 2021 with his ‘B’ sample yet to be tested, the wrestler will not be able to take part in Tokyo Olympics. Apart from the lost quota, the WFI will also need to cough up Rs 16 lakh fine for the failed dope test. If the ‘B’ sample tests positive as well, the WFI will try to recover the penalty from Sumit Malik, failing which will lead to a life ban.

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Tokyo Olympics: The hefty fine is a part of UWW’s initiative to impose strict measures to curb down doping in wrestling. In international events, if a wrestler tests positive, the respective national association is bound to pay Rs 16 lakh. But for Sumit Mali, the amount will go up as he will also need to return Rs 5 lakh that he received from the Haryana government as an advance to prepare for Tokyo Olympic, as per an Indian Express report.

Tokyo Olympics: Can Sumit Malik still compete in Tokyo Games?

Tokyo Olympics – UWW to impose 16 Lakhs fine on WFI: Sumit Malik was found using a performance-enhancing substance called 5-methylhexan-2-amine also known as methylhexanamine which is a stimulant and not an anabolic steroid. There are two types of substances — specified and non-specified. Stimulants fall under the first category with the wrestlers given a chance to go for voluntary suspension and avoid a lengthy ban. For the second category, an automatic suspension is imposed.

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Tokyo Olympics: Since Sumit Malik has been found using specified substance, he can call for an early hearing considering Tokyo Olympics is at stake. But as he has been given a six-month suspension, the independent hearing by the UWW’s ADDP (anti-doping disciplinary panel) is unlikely to take place before Tokyo Games.

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But some argue that Sumit Malik should be allowed to take part in the Olympics pending a hearing. If he wins any medal, that could be taken away. But it’s up to the UWW to allow him pending a ‘B’ sample analysis which is due by June 10.

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Tokyo Olympics: However, Sumit isn’t the first wrestler to fail a dope test prior to Olympics. Before Rio 2016 Olympics, Narsingh Yadav failed a dope test while track and field athletes Inderjeet Singh (shotput) and Dharambir Singh (200m sprint) also failed tests.

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