Weightlifters Kirsani, Sethi fail dope tests

Bhubaneswar: In a major embarrassment for Odisha, two Odia weightlifters – Pramila Kirsani and Minati Sethi – failed dope tests conducted during Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship at Pune in Maharashtra.

Both the female weightlifters tested positive for stanozolol, the anabolic steroid.

Following the dope test report, the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) suspended Kirsani and Sethi.

Besides, both the weightlifters were dropped from the Indian team announced for the world championship.

Notably, Kirsani won silver in 53 kg category in Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship whereas Sethi bagged bronze in 58 kg category in the event.

The weightlifters were also members of the Indian team preparing for the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Meanwhile, the IWF finds itself in soup after both the weightlifters tested positive for the performance-enhancing drugs at the Commonwealth Championship.

As per international rules, three positive results in a calendar year lead to a one-year ban.