Athletes suspended for doping violations

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) disciplinary panel has suspended Gaurav Yadav (athletics), Jagseer Singh (para-athletics), Tejvir Singh (handball) and Subrata Nandi (swimming) for four years each following three hearings held over the last month.

Asian championship gold medallist and Asian Games bronze medallist shot-putter Inderjeet’s positive test had come as a major embarrassment for the country ahead of the Rio Olympics.   -  R. Ragu

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) disciplinary panel has handed four-year suspensions to four athletes for anti-doping rule violations.

The disciplinary panel has suspended Gaurav Yadav (athletics), Jagseer Singh (para-athletics), Tejvir Singh (handball) and Subrata Nandi (swimming) for four years each following three hearings held over the last month.

The disciplinary panel has provisionally suspended four others, Mangesh Bhagat (kabaddi), Inderjeet Singh (athletics), Bharat Bhushan Tiwari (powerlifting) and Mahesh Kale (athletics), for doping violations.

Asian championship gold medallist and Asian Games bronze medallist shot-putter Inderjeet’s positive test (in the National inter-state athletics championship in Hyderabad in June last) had come as a major embarrassment for the country ahead of the Rio Olympics.

The NADA appeal panel has upheld the disciplinary panel’s decision to hand four years of ineligibility to athlete Smritikana Manna and wrestler Yogesh. It has also announced two years of suspension for Jashanpreet Kaur (athletics).

The appeal panel has reserved its orders in some cases. Besides, it has adjourned the case of former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Geeta Rani for the want of certain information from the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL).

Meanwhile, the NADA has stepped up its athletes awareness programme, holding five such events in Bangalore and Delhi in January.