Pune: An embarrassed Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday pulled out dope-flunked shot putter P Udaya Laxmi from the home squad for ongoing Asian Championships after she was tested positive for a banned substance.
     
Laxmi returned positive for stimulant methylhexaneamine in a test conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on her 'A' sample taken during early last month's National Inter-State Championships in Chennai.
     
AFI Secretary C K Valson said that 39-year-old Laxmi has been ruled out of the Championships and sent back home in Andhra Pradesh.
     
"We have got the intimation from the NADA about the adverse analytical finding and we have pulled her out from the Championships," Valson said.
     
Indian team manager Lata Devi said that Laxmi, who had won gold in shot put in the National Inter-State Championships, has been sent home.
     
Laxmi, who will now be put under suspension, faces the prospect of being banned for life as this has been her second dope offence.
     
She was a 400 meter hurdler before turning a shot putter after she flunked a dope test during the 2002 Hyderabad National Games.

(Agencies)

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