In­der­jeet sus­pended


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.


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