WADA suspends Parveen Hooda for whereabouts violation, set to miss Paris Olympics

Parveen Hooda

In a significant development that has sent shockwaves through the Indian boxing community, World Championships bronze medallist Parveen Hooda has been suspended for a whereabouts violation. This suspension not only jeopardizes her participation in the upcoming Paris Olympics but also puts India’s quota in the 57 kg weight category at risk.

Parveen Hooda’s suspension

Parveen Hooda, who had secured a quota for India at the Asian Games, has been provisionally suspended for 18 months due to accumulating three whereabouts failures within a year from April 2022 to March 2023. Athletes in the Registered Testing Pool are required to submit quarterly whereabouts updates to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), and any combination of three failures within 12 months constitutes an anti-doping rule violation.

The provisional suspension means that Parveen is all but certain to miss her Olympics quota, dealing a major blow to India’s medal hopes at the Paris Games. The Boxing Federation of India (BFI) is reportedly in talks with WADA to prevent this unfortunate outcome and is in a wait-and-watch mode.

The BFI has not yet received official communication regarding the suspension, and efforts are being made to resolve the issue. BFI Secretary Hemanta Kalita has expressed hope, stating that no decision has been made yet, and they are trying to do what is best for the athlete and the country.

In Parveen’s absence, the BFI has asked 60kg pugilist Jaismine Lamboria to prepare for the World Olympic Qualifiers scheduled in Bangkok. Unlike other sports where the quota belongs to the National Olympic Committee, boxing quotas are awarded to the athlete who has won it, which means that India could potentially lose the 57kg berth if Parveen’s suspension is upheld.

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