800m champion Gomathi Marimuthu who had beaten champions likes China’s Asian Games champion Wang Chunyu and Kazakhstan’s former two-time Asiad winner Margarita Mukasheva to win the Asian title in Doha. She was the first Indian to win gold in the women’s 800m event in the competition. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) announced on Friday that Gomathi Marimuthu has been banned for four years and stripped off her 2019 Asian Championships gold medal.
Marimuthu tested positive for anabolic steroid nandrolone at the 2019 Asian championships in April. The announcement on Friday came after her ‘B’ sample also returned positive for nandrolone. The AIU said that the 31-year-old Indian runner will be banned until May 2023 and disqualified from all races in a two-month period last year. All of her medals, titles, ranking points and prize, will be also forfeited. Now Marimuthu can appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).