WADA hot on Indians’ trail

The World Anti-Doping Agency probably feels that the impressive timings returned by Indian athletes in the last few months are not genuine.

Eleven athletes in the National camp for the 400m, relay and hurdles at Jablonec near Prague in the Czech Republic were tested by WADA on Sunday. The athletes are preparing for this month’s Asian Games in Jakarta under Russia-born American coach Galina Bukharina.

“Eleven athletes, including seven women, were tested by WADA,” said a camper from Prague on Thursday evening. “Hima Das (the new under-20 400m World champion) was one of them.”

The choice of venues for the National relays camp has raised a lot of doubt and worry among close followers of athletics. The quartermilers had been to Poland and many of them posted mediocre timings when they returned to the country for the inter-State Nationals in Guwahati.

Javelin thrower Amit Kumar failed a dope test in the camp for throwers in Finland a few days ago and now news has come in that 3000m steeplechaser Naveen Kumar Dagar, who is in the Asian Games team for Jakarta, has tested positive for a banned substance. Naveen won a bronze at the last Asiad in Incheon in 2014.

“Naveen’s test, taken at the inter-State Nationals, has come positive, he is in Bhutan now (the National camp for distance runners is on there),” said an AFI official.

“Naveen’s name has now been removed from the Asian Games team.”

Manpreet Kaur, who won the women’s shot put gold at the last Asian championships in Bhubaneswar, had tested positive at the Asian Grand Prix in China last year and two years ago, another prominent shot putter Inderjeet Singh — a bronze medallist at the last Asian Games — tested positive in an out-of-competition event before the Rio Olympics.

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