WADA tests Anas; NADA asks AFI about Nirmala

The world anti-doping body landed at the Thiruvananthapuram SAI Centre to test a few athletes including Asian 400m champion Muhammed Anas.

“Yes, I had to give a test. The WADA officials came at 9 p.m. and took my samples. The process went on till about 11 p.m.,” Anas told Sportstar   -  THE HINDU

With Asian women’s 400m champion Nirmala Sheoran still untraceable, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has now sent a letter to the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) asking about her.

“We have received a letter from NADA about her,” said the AFI secretary, C.K. Valson, on Thursday. “Before NADA takes any action against her, it has to ensure that everything is done properly or it may land in legal problems.”

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Meanwhile, in a surprise development, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) landed at the Thiruvananthapuram SAI Centre to test a few athletes there.

Asian 400m champion Muhammed Anas was one of them.

“Yes, I had to give a test. The WADA officials came at 9 p.m. and took my samples. The process went on till about 11 p.m.,” Anas told Sportstar on Thursday.

Anas, like javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang and long jumper Nayana James — the Asian Championship bronze medallist — now figure in the IAAF’s latest Registered Testing Pool (RTP), put up on its website on Wednesday and the test may have been a part of this.

400m Camp shifted

With many of the country’s top quartermilers opting to train in their own states, the AFI has now shifted the National camp for 400m runners from Patiala to Thiruvananthapuram.

“Coach Galina Bukharina has reached Thiruvananthapuram and the camp begins today,” said Valson.

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Radhakrishnan Nair, the deputy National coach, confirmed that eight boys and six girls have moved from Patiala to Thiruvananthapuram as part of the camp.

However, Anas, Anilda Thomas and Anu Raghavan have not joined the camp yet though they are all training in Thiruvananthapuram.

“We have not joined yet, we have to discuss whether we will be allowed to do workouts with our coach at the national camp. Only then we can decide,” said Anas.

“Our coach P.B. Jaikumar is not willing to join the national camp. We will have to find out whether we can join the camp and also train with our coach.”