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Asian Games gold winner panwar banned for 8 years

New Delhi: India's top quarter-miler Priyanka Panwar was on Monday suspended for eight years after she tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug, virtualling putting an end to her career. The 29-year-old Asian Games gold medallist was handed the suspension by National Anti Doping Agency's (NADA) disciplinary panel. The verdict of the NADA panel is based on the result of a test conducted on the athlete last year. "She has been suspended for eight years with effect from July 2016," NADA chief Navin Agarwal told PTI. Priyanka's samples had tested positive for mephentermine (a stimulant). As per the NADA code, athletes caught for a second anti- doping rule violation get a maxium suspension of eight years.

 

Padukone to get Lifetime Achievement award

Kochi: Badminton great Prakash Padukone will be conferred with the first Lifetime Achievement Award instituted by the Badminton Association of India (BAI) for his rich contribution to the sport. Announcing the award at a press conference here, BAI President Himanta Biswa Sarma said the award will carry a citation and a cash award of Rs 10 lakhs. He said BAI in its last executive meeting held in Bangalore had decided that every year the federation will honour one important personality who has contributed towards badminton with a life time achievement award. "The decision to honour Padukone was taken at the core committee meeting of the association held here today," Sarma said. Padukone had won the 1980 All England, besides bagging a bronze at the 1983 World Championship in Copenhagen. He also won a gold medal at the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

 

HI names 37-men core group for coaching camp

Lucknow: Hockey India (HI) on Monday announced a 37-member core group for the junior men's national coaching camp which will take place at SAI centre here till September 17 to prepare for the seventh Sultan of Johor Cup. During the course of the camp, selection trials will be conducted under the purview of HI's Director, High Performance, David John and junior men's team head coach Jude Felix, to pick the 18-member squad for the Sultan of Johor Cup which will take place from October 22th to 29 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. The group will work on important aspects of the game like speed, agility, skill and understanding of the game keeping in mind the prestigious 2020 Junior World Cup where the team will be defending their coveted crown. "We have worked very hard in identifying the junior men's core group in the past few months to carry on our development process which has given us a strong pool of players who can represent the country at the biggest stage" said John.

 

Shakib to sit out of upcoming Tests vs proteas

Dhaka: Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan, the world's leading all-rounder, will sit out of two Test matches during a tour of South Africa this month after asking for a break from the longer format, selectors said on Monday. The 30-year-old has played every Test for Bangladesh since missing two games against the West Indies in 2014, but earlier Monday requested a six-month sabbatical from the game "to refresh his body." Shakib earlier said he would be available for other formats. But the Bangladesh Cricket Board's decision to accept the request means he will also miss the two-Test Sri Lanka series at home in December-January.        Agencies

 
 
 

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