On June 25, 2020 Indian Weightlifting Federation(IWLF) Secretary Sahdev Yadav informed that 2 time Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist, Weightlifter K. Sanjita Chanu will get the Arjuna award for 2018. This comes after the International Weightlifting Federation(IWF) cleared her doping charges.
- IWF has dropped the doping charges due to “non-conformities” in the handling of her sample.
- The doping charges were cleared on the basis of recommendation from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
The award is given to her as per the Delhi High Court order in 2018, where the selection committee was directed to consider her & keep the decision in a sealed cover until she was acquitted of the doping charges.
i.Following her rejection for the 2017 Arjuna Awards, she filed a petition to the Delhi High Court challenging the decision to exclude her from the list of recommended candidates for the honour
ii.She was tested positive for a banned substance in May 2018.
Medals received by Sanjita Chanu: Won gold medals in the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games in the 48kg and 53kg categories respectively.
About Commonwealth Games Federation
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom
President– Dame Louise Martin DBE
Headquarters– Lausanne, Switzerland.
(Note – Headquarter was changed recently from Budapest, Hungary after the resignation of IWF President Tamas Ajan)
Interim President– Ursula Garza Papandrea
Headquarters– New Delhi, India
President– Birendra Prasad Baishya