Priyanka Panwar – the 29-year-old, Asian Games gold medalist, has been slapped with a ban of over Eight years by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) after her samples tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug named mephentermine. The NADA disciplinary panel has found her guilty of doping the second time, earlier she faced a provisional suspension of two years and returned to the action.
Panwar, along with Tintu Luka, Mandeep Kaur and MR Poovamma won the 4*400m relay gold in Asian Games in Incheon touched a new record of 3:28:68s. She along with five other athletes had tested positive for anabolic steroids in the tests conducted by NADA in Patiala in 2011.
Last year, in July 2016, she again failed a test for a banned stimulant during a national inter-state athletics championship hosted in Hyderabad resulting in her second provisional suspension. The action had been taken from the last year’s result and the 8 year ban will be counted from the day her provisional suspension began. This ban has put a virtual end to her career. If sources are to believed, another seasoned athlete, Arjun has also been tested positive for testosterone. The verdict will be announced after hearing his case. According to the reports of NADA, 40 athletes have been tested positive for doping this year and these number creates an alarming concern for Indian sports scenario.
The governing body for wrestling, United World Wrestling (UWW), announced on Tuesday that Azerbaijan’s Toghrul Asgarov, the gold medallist from the 2012 London Olympics in the 60kg freestyle, had passed the dope test, which brought Yogeshwar Dutt, the original bronze medallist’s dreams of a gold in that event to an end. Earlier, sources had claimed that Asgarov’s sample, which had been stored and recently reanalysed according to the rules of the World Anti-doping Agency’s (WADA), had tested positive for banned substances, raising Dutt’s gold chances.
Last week, it was announced that Dutt’s bronze would be upgraded to silver after Russia’s Besik Kudukhov, the original silver medallist, failed a dope test after the reanalysis. However, after this news was published last week, Dutt stated that he will let the family of Kudukhov, who passed away in a car crash in 2013, retain the silver on humanitarian grounds.
It also seems that even if Asgarov had not cleared the dope test, Dutt may not have been awarded the gold, because the other gold medallist in the event, USA’s Coleman Scott, who stayed a bronze medallist because he lost to Asgarov in the semifinals, may have been awarded the latter’s snatched gold.
With RIO Olympics being just three days away, India received a major blow with Shot Putter Indrajit Singh failing the dope test for the second time, conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). The Shot Putter’s B sample tested positive as well containing anabolic steroids.
Indrajit who is seen as a medal prospect for India after his brilliant performance in the Asian circuit last year in which he set two competition records in the Asian Grand Prix and the Universiade Championship, was visibly upset on the NDTV interview after his first results came in where he remarked, “This is a conspiracy and there is something wrong in it. This will be checked by the doctors though. I don’t want to comment on it but whoever has tried to raise their voice in this country, they are forced to shut up.”
Indrajit who has always been a direct man has landed himself in trouble before as well, when he spoke against the politics in sports in India and how badly athletes are being treated and about their poor training facilities, and which apparently had riled many powerful people in the country.”
In these dismal times, the only ray of hope that the athlete can hope for is that Narsingh Yadav was cleared of all charges despite him failing two dope tests. But with clock running down to the Olympics, which begin on August 5, Singh might miss his flight
Midst all the doping controversy surrounding athletics, Usain Bolt produced the season’s best time in the men’s 100 meter sprint in the Anniversary Games in London.
The Jamaican out-sprinted American Michael Rodgers and fellow countryman Nesta Carte when he crossed the line recording a time of 9.85 seconds. The Anniversary Games marked exactly one year since last year’s Olympic ceremony kicked off.
The 60,000-odd crowd in the Olympic stadium were all set to witness a tee-off between world-record holder Bolt and Britain’s No. 1 James Dasaolu. Unfortunately, the Brit had to withdraw even before the race began, nursing a hip injury.
Bolt will now be looking to defend his World Championship crown in Moscow next month.