One of the emerging quarter-milers of the country, Vinay Chaudhary, has tested positive for a prohibited drug. Chaudhary tested positive for a metabolite of steroid stanozolol in an out-of-competition dope control in Bangalore in August last.
The 21-year-old Uttar Pradesh policeman was originally named by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) in the Indian team for the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi, but was probably excluded following intimation of his positive test prior to the competition.
He was initially included in the AFI line-up as part of the 4x400m relay team, but it was never known, well after the Games, exactly what was the eventual composition of the Indian athletics team.
Chaudhary had finished second to Kerala's P. Kunhumohammad in the 400 metres at the National Inter-State championships at Patiala in August, in a personal best 47.18 seconds, enabling him to easily make the Indian team.
The UP runner emerged champion in the All-India Police meet in Thiruvananthapuram in February this year in a time of 47.90 seconds. He was also part of the Indian team for the Asian Indoor Games in Macau in 2007.
Chaudhary faces a two-year ban if the charge against him is proved. His case will now be brought before the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary panel by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) which carried out the test.