Who has been recently tested positive for doping?
World Championship bronze medallist, wrestler Narsingh Yadav and shot putter Inderjeet Singh have been tested tested positive for a banned steroid.
If found guilty by the NADA disciplinary panel,the duo may face a four-year suspension under the anti-doping code. That would automatically throw two of India’s brightest medal prospects out of next month’s Olympics.
Poor Anti-doping record in India
But the incidents has once again brought to the fore India’s rather lackadaisical approach towards keeping sport clean.
1. India wasn’t even a signatory to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code until December 2004.
2. The National Dope Testing Laboratory was established in New Delhi in 1990 but was accredited by WADA only in 2008. In this intervening period, every positive drug test could be contested in court, a convenient alibi for any athlete or administrator to cover up wrongdoing.
3. When three women from the victorious 2010 Commonwealth 4x400m relay team tested positive and were handed one-year sentences by NADA, the International Association of Athletics Federations had to intervene against what it perceived as lenient punishment.
4. Interestingly, coach Yuri Ogorodnik of Ukraine, who was fired after being accused of providing food supplements that were not sanctioned by the Sports Authority of India, was reappointed last year.
5. A WADA report for 2013 had placed India third in the world in terms of doping offences.