The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has rejected an appeal by Indian middle-distance runner Gomathi Marimuthu against her four-year suspension for doping in 2019.

Gomathi, who won the title in the 800m in the Asian championships in Doha in April, 2019, was found positive for 19-norandrosterone, a metabolite of nandrolone, an endogenous steroid.  An independent hearing panel suspended the Tamil Nadu runner for four years in May last year. Gomathi went into appeal against World Athletics at the Lausanne-based CAS.

In a decision dated April 23, 2021, the sole arbitrator of CAS, Prof Jan Paulsson of Bahrain, ruled that the athlete was guilty of doping and she would undergo four-year suspension as ordered by the first-instance hearing panel from May 17, 2019 to May 16, 2023. All her results achieved between March 18 and May 17, 2019 would stand annulled.

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