Discus thrower Baljinder and another athlete flunk dope test

Two athletes, including National Inter-State Championships silver-medallist discus thrower Baljinder Singh, have tested positive for banned substances and they have been handed provisional suspension.

Baljinder from Punjab had won a discus throw silver in the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Guwahati in June with an effort of 56.83m.   -  Akhilesh Kumar

Two athletes, including National Inter-State Championships silver-medallist discus thrower Baljinder Singh, have tested positive for banned substances and they have been handed provisional suspension.

Baljinder from Punjab had won a discus throw silver in the National Inter-State Athletics Championships in Guwahati in June with an effort of 56.83m.

The positive test has come from the dope sample collected by the National Anti-Doping Agency in this Guwahati meet.

Both the athletes were not selected for the Asian Games and they were also non campers.

“Baljinder has tested positive for a banned substance and he has been put under provisional suspension. He will now decide whether to go for confirmatory B sample test or not,” a source close to the athlete said.

It is also learnt that a second athlete has tested positive from the sample collected from the same Guwahati meet. The AFI, however, said it has not yet got any intimation from the NADA.