Karmakar additionally claimed that she had ‘unknowingly ingested’ the banned substance Higenamine — S3 Beta-2 Agonists as per WADA prohibited checklist — which was present in her dope pattern taken final 12 months in October.
In accordance with the US Anti-Doping Company, Higenamine is present in a number of herbs used for conventional drugs and is utilized in dietary supplements with out typically naming it. It was added to the WADA prohibited checklist in 2017. The drug is prohibited always, each in and out-of-competition.
“…I unknowingly ingested and could not determine the source of (the banned substance). I decided to take a provisional suspension with the hope of a swift resolution with the international federation,” Karmakar wrote on her Twitter deal with, indicating that she had admitted to the doping rule violation.
Karmakar’s dope pattern was collected out-of-competition by the Worldwide Testing Company (ITA), an impartial organisation that manages the anti-doping programme of the Worldwide Gymnastics Federation (FIG), on October 11, 2021.
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Karmakar’s ban interval will finish on July 10 this 12 months because it was counted from the day (October 11, 2011) the pattern was collected. Her outcomes have been disqualified from October 11, 2021 onwards.
In accordance with the ITA, the case was resolved below a case decision settlement pursuant to article 10.8.2 of the FIG Anti-Doping Guidelines, which is relevant when “the Athlete or other Person admits an anti-doping rule violation after being confronted with the anti-doping rule violation by FIG and agrees to Consequences acceptable to FIG and WADA, at their sole discretion.”
Karmakar expressed happiness that the matter has been resolved amicably and he or she is wanting ahead to returning to gymnastics in July this 12 months.
“Today marks the end of one of the longest battles I have fought for myself and my career…My suspension has been reduced by 3 months and back dated by 2.5 months, allowing me to return to the sport I love in July 2023. It has been distressful to not know how the substances entered the body, however, more so to be in a position where my ethics have been questioned.
“By no means in my profession has the considered consuming a banned substance crossed my thoughts. Gymnastics is all I’ve and I might by no means do something which might convey myself or my nation into disrepute. Cannot wait to get again on the ground!,” Karmakar wrote in her long post.
In the post, Karmakar also quashed speculation that her suspension was for not following the whereabouts clause.
“A number of media stories have speculated that I used to be below a 2-year suspension for failing to tell WADA of my whereabouts by the Anti-Doping Administration Administration System (ADAMS). Nevertheless, I wish to make clear that these are false and inaccurate and don’t reveal the details and nature of the matter,” Karmakar added.
The 29-year-old Karmakar, who shot to fame after finishing fourth in the 2016 Rio Olympics in the vault event, has been struggling with injuries ever since she underwent a surgery to treat an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in 2017. Her last FIG event was the 2019 World Cup in Baku.
(With inputs from PTI)