852 Indian ath­letes have failed dope test since 2009!

The Northlines - - SPORTS -

New Delhi:

For­mer world No.1 shot­put­ter Man­preet Kaur’s twin dope fail­ures have again high­lighted the fact that the dop­ing rot runs deep in the coun­try’s sports sys­tem. This year alone, since Jan­uary, the Na­tional Anti-dop­ing Agency (NADA) has sanc­tioned 43 ath­letes across dis­ci­plines for the an­ti­dop­ing rule vi­o­la­tions (ADRVS).

The ris­ing num­ber of dope cases in the coun­try has come as a big set-back for In­dia’s anti-dop­ing ma­chin­ery, with the ath­letes even re­sort­ing to in­gest­ing mel­do­nium and Gin­seng. Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est ADRV re­port pre­pared by NADA for the year Jan­uary 2009 to June 30, 2017 — a copy of which is with The Tribune — 852 ath­letes have failed the dope test. Ath­let­ics and weightlift­ing con­tinue to lead the chart with the max­i­mum num­ber of of­fend­ers com­ing from these two dis­ci­plines.

In the last eight-and-a-half years, ath­let­ics ac­counted for 182 dop­ing vi­o­la­tions, while weightlift­ing saw 181 dope cheats ei­ther get­ting banned or pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended by NADA.

The other dis­ci­plines fea­tur­ing high num­ber of dope cheats in­clude pow­er­lift­ing (84), kabaddi (73), wrestling (50), box­ing (45), body-build­ing ( 23), judo (18) and swim­ming (13).

The year 2010 saw the max­i­mum num­ber of dop­ing vi­o­la­tions, with 123 ath­letes get­ting caught for us­ing the banned sub­stances, fol­lowed by year 2015 (120 vi­o­la­tions), 2012 (119) and 2011 (116). Since NADA came into be­ing, a to­tal of 32,225 dope sam­ples have been col­lected un­til June 2017. These in­clude 30,519 urine and 1,706 blood sam­ples.

Ac­cord­ing to the World An­ti­Dop­ing Agency’s (WADA) lat­est ADRV re­port for the year 2015, which was re­leased in Jan­uary 2017, In­dia was ranked third for the third year in a row, with 117 dop­ing vi­o­la­tions.

In­dia fol­lowed Rus­sia (176) and Italy (129) at the third spot. The du­bi­ous distinction meant that num­ber of dope of­fend­ers in In­dia have only in­creased in the last three years, with 91 and 96 dop­ing vi­o­la­tions in 2013 and 2014, re­spec­tively.

Indian Fed­er­a­tion of Sports Medicine pres­i­dent Dr PSM Chandran said, “Ath­letes in USA and Ger­many re­search about the new medicines prop­erly and then use it to en­hance their per­for­mance. Those coun­tries have good sci­en­tific sup­port sys­tem in place, un­like in In­dia. Their ath­letes hardly get caught be­cause of their ad­vanced sport­ing sys­tem.

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