India’s mixed relay silver at Asiad set to be upgraded to gold

Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain has been handed a four-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit for failing a dope test, putting the India mixed relay team in line for the gold medal.

India's 4x400m mixed relay team celebrates after event at the Asian Games in Jakarta on Tuesday.   -  PTI

India is in line to get the Asian Games gold in 4x400 mixed relay with Kemi Adekoya of Bahrain being handed a four-year ban by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing a dope test.

India’s mixed relay team of Muhammed Anas, Hima Das, Arokia Rajiv and M. R. Poovamma had won the silver in the event at the Asian Games in Jakarta last year. The ban on Adekoya, who was part of the gold winning team, means India’s silver is set to be upgraded.

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The AIU said that Adekoya’s results between August 24, 2018 and November 26, 2018 will be disqualified.

Following the race, India had officially lodged a complaint against Bahrain for obstruction, but it was turned down.

Adekoya had also won the 400m hurdles gold at the Asian Games with India’s Anu Raghavan finishing fourth. Raghavan is in line for the bronze.