IWF admits mistake in Sanjita Chanu dope case

The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has admitted to committing a mistake in giving the exact sample number of Sanjita Chanu in its report of her failed dope test, a development which has prompted the Commonwealth Games gold-medallist to demand an inquiry.

The IWF has admitted to mentioning two different urine sample numbers in its communication of her dope flunk earlier this year, according to a letter that the world body sent to the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

Sanjita has now written to the IWF, seeking a probe into how such a mistake could have taken place.

While sending the dope result notification to Sanjita on May 15, the IWF mentioned sample code number 1599000 as the one collected on November 17 last year at Las Vegas while it mentioned sample code 1599176 in the results section.

The admission from the IWF came after the issue reached the Prime Minister’s Office.

The PMO had written to the Sports Ministry to look into the matter, which, in turn, directed the NADA to do so.


Sanjita, who has been claiming innocence from the beginning, has now written a letter to the international federation to institute an inquiry.

“In one of your replies, you said ‘the second reference to another sample code in the notification letter is due to an administrative mistake. Would you please elaborate on this administrative mistake?” she asked.

“How come such a highly responsible federation makes such a grievous mistake on such a highly important document? I wish an inquiry be instituted to understand the reason behind this ‘unmistakable’ mistake,” added Sanjita, who earlier demanded that a DNA test be conducted to find out whether the urine sample was hers or not.