Following a longdrawn case lasting more than oneandahalf years, a National Antidoping Agency Disciplinary Panel, on July 4, suspended former Asian champion and Asian Games bronze medal winning shot putter Inderjeet Singh for four years for a doping violation.
Inderjeet, who was tested twice on June 22 and June 29, 2016 outofcompetition and in a competition, respectively, tested positive for banned steroids and was provisionally suspended by NADA. The case moved on from one panel to another as the athlete strongly contested NADA’S claims on several grounds, including departures from the established international standards in sample collection, analysis and chain of custody.
The panel, headed by Manik Dogra, noted that neither NADA nor the National Dope Testing Labrotary owned up the departures from international testing standards. “The procedure clearly deviated from the documented WADA (World Antidoping Agency) guidelines,” said the order.
Inderjeet, who will turn 30 in October, will serve four years of suspension from the date of his provisional suspension about a year ago.
Y. B. SARANGI