CWG Gold Winner, Manipur’s Sanjita Chanu appeals to PM for help to clear her doping charges

File photo of Sanjita

Guwahati, August 9: In a bid to clear her name, Manipur wrestler Khumukcham Sanjita Chanu has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking his intervention to unearth the “truth” behind the doping case against her, say reports.

The weightlifter was suspended on May 15th by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF), alleging that a banned steroid (testosterone) was found in her urine sample taken on November 18, 2017. She had won the the weightlifting gold at the April 2018 Commonwealth Games in the women’s 53 kg category and was suspended soon after, a few days before the IWF World Championship.

Sanjita pointed out that the IWF has admitted to committing some mistake, but the Indian Weightlifting Federation has refused to support her, reports said.

Sanjita also tweeted the copy of the letter tagging the PM, Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, boxer Mary Kom and cricketer Gautam Gambhir.

In her letter to the Prime Minister, the wrester has reportedly written that she has never used any banned substances in her sporting career and that she has always abided by the clean and fair play motto of IWF.

She also added that her performance in the IWF World Championship was the worst in her career and hence the doping result of IWF was quite surprising and unbelievable. The letter also stated that she was nursing an injury sustained during the IWF World Championship and was under physiotherapy treatment without any medicine, say reports.

The weightlifter who had won a Commonwealth gold in 2014 too, said, in the letter that she was disheartened by the refusal of the country’s apex weightlifting body to stand by her despite IWF owning up to the mistake.

She appealed the Prime Minister to help her in finding the real truth and getting her justice. She also suggested a DNA test on her urine sample to confirm her innocence.