Further Personal Information
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||She took up athletics at age 11.
|Why this sport?
||She initially tried hurdles and long jump before her brother encouraged her to take up discus throw.
|Name of coach
||Ankush Punia [personal, husband], IND
||Millennium Child (bestinbombay.in, 30 May 2016)
||She struggled with a shoulder injury in 2017, but continued to compete in events. (scroll.in, 05 Mar 2018)
She missed the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China, because of a back injury. (firstpost.com, 30 Sep 2014)
|Awards and honours
||In 2006 she received the Bhim Award from the state government of Haryana, India. (daughterofindia.com, 29 Mar 2010)
||Her husband Ankush has represented India in discus, and competed at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (economictimes.indiatimes.com, 05 Jan 2016; hindustantimes.com, 27 Mar 2018)
||To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (dnaindia.com, 21 Mar 2018)
She tested positive for the prohibited substance pseudoephedrine at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Santiago, Chile, where she had won gold in discus. She was stripped of the gold medal and received a warning from the Amateur Athletic Federation of India [AAFI]. She also tested positive for the prohibited substance stanozolol ahead of the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. She was found innocent of any wrongdoing by the Athletics Federation of India [AFI] and cleared to compete, but she chose to withdraw from the Games citing personal reasons. (newindianexpress.com, 30 Sep 2014; thehindu.com, 02 Oct 2001; rediff.com, 08 Dec 2006; hindustantimes.com, 27 Mar 2018)