OCA’s anti-doping team tests Hima, Nirmala at Asian Games Village

The anti-doping officials persisted and tested the two women quarter-milers, under-20 World champion Hima Das and Nirmala Sheoran, at the Games Village on Tuesday evening.

Hima Das was tested at the Games village on Tuesday.   -  Getty Images

Looks like the anti-doping agencies are following Indian athletes wherever they go.

The Olympic Council of Asia’s anti-doping team came looking for a few relay runners at the Asian Games’ Athletes Village here on Monday. But they could not get the samples as the athletes had left for the training ground, some 25 kms away which involves a 45-minute travel by bus.

However, the anti-doping officials persisted and tested the two women quarter-milers, under-20 World champion Hima Das and Nirmala Sheoran, at the Games Village on Tuesday evening.

ANOTHER TRIAL FOR MONIKA

Meanwhile, back in India, the Athletics Federation of India will conduct yet another trial for middle distance runner Monika Chaudhary to achieve its Asiad qualification standard after the athlete moved the Delhi High Court. The trial will be held in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

The 1500m runner was not a national camper when she had made the cut for the Asiad at the Guwahati inter-State meet clocking 4:12.44s in June and the AFI had asked her to undergo a ‘confirmatory trial’ later.

The trial was held in Bhutan on August 15 but with Monika clocking a poor 4:41.06 (qualification time 4:16.88), the AFI decided not to send her to Jakarta.

But with Monika moving the Delhi High Court challenging the exclusion, the AFI’s advocates Hrishikesh Baruah and Parth Goswami put up a proposal to the court that the federation was willing to conduct a fresh trial for the distance runner. The court also agreed to the solution.

It is also learnt that shot putter Naveen Chikkara, who was given a second chance to qualify on Monday, failed to make the grade. The qualification mark was 19.50m but his best throw was 18.38m.