Gymnast Dipa Karmakar has been handed a 21-month ban for failing a dope test conducted by the International Testing Agency. Dipa Karmakar’s dope sample collected out-of-competition by the ITA, which is an independent organization that manages the anti-doping program of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) was found to contain Higenamine which is a prohibited substance under World Anti-doping Agency Code.
Gymnast Dipa Karmakar Handed 21-Month Ban After Failing Dope Test- Key Points
- The ITA confirms that Dipa Karmakar has been suspended for 21 months, effective until 10th July 2023 after testing positive for higenamine.
- The positive sample was collected on behalf of the FIG in the scope of an out-of-competition control on 11th October 2021.
- The Switzerland-based non-profit organization works under the supervision of WADA and the International Olympics Committee to implement Anti-doping programs for various international federations.
- The ITA further informed Karmakar’s dope issue was resolved under a case resolution agreement under article 10.8.2 of the FIG Anti-Doping Rules and an equivalent provision in the WADA.
About Dipa Karmakar
Dipa Karmakar is an Indian Gymnast from Tripura State. She is the first gymnast from India who competed in the Olympics. In her debut 2016 Summer Olympics in the final, she reached 4th position. At the Rio Olympics, she lost an Olympic medal by just 0.15 points due to her historic achievement at Rio Olympics, she became a well-known Gymnast as well as the face of gymnastics in India.
In the final, she performed a difficult Prodonova Vault and competed against the world’s top Gymnasts such as Simone Biles of the United States, Maria Paseka, and Giulia Steingrubber who won gold, silver, and bronze medal respectively.