Injeti Srinivas: Problem is behind us

Srinivas also sought to quash speculation that two of the athletes were senior hockey players.

Injeti Srinivas (left), Director General of Sports Authority of India, with the Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel.   -  K. Murali Kumar

No further action will be taken against the four Rio-bound athletes who were issued show-cause notices by the National Anti-doping Agency (NADA) for whereabouts failure, Sports Authority of India director general Injeti Srinivas said.

“I think this problem is behind us,” he said. “In respect of two athletes to my knowledge there was some gap in the updation (of whereabouts) which has since been clarified to NADA and they are satisfied with it.

“On a daily basis the athlete has to update. Under extraordinary circumstances it’s possible that they are not able to do it. In this case the athletes have explained why they couldn’t update.”

Srinivas also sought to quash speculation that two of the athletes were senior hockey players.

“Not hockey,” he said. “These were some players training individually. When you are practising in a camp, there is no problem with the whereabouts, because everybody is in the camp.”

A sportsperson should have missed at least three tests or have three whereabouts failures within a period of 12 months for a doping violation to be registered.