New Delhi, October 2 (agencies)
Indian javelin thrower Shivpal Singh has been suspended from competition until October 2025 for a doping violation. He has been found positive for the banned substance methandienone, a steroid. National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has suspended Shivpal Singh for 4 years. The ban will come into effect from October 21, 2021, meaning the 27-year-old will not be able to take the field until October 2025. The athlete from Uttar Pradesh was a silver medalist at the 2019 Asian Championships, where he threw his personal best throw of 86.23m. He also won a medal at the 2019 World Military Games.
Shivpal Singh is the fifth Indian star athlete to be caught in a doping trap this year. Discus thrower Navjit Kaur Dhillon, runner Dhanalakshmi Sekar and quarter-miler MR Poovamma, have all been banned from competitions due to violations. Tokyo Olympian Kamalpreet Kaur also failed the dope test. Shivpal Singh had submitted his bid for the Tokyo Olympics. Where he finished 27th in the men’s javelin throw qualification round with a throw of 76.40m. Shivpal is the second Indian athlete after Tokyo Olympic javelin throw champion Neeraj Chopra to cover longer distances during a throw.