Border Security Force (BSF) Director General Subhash Joshi said Monday that doping is rampant among sportspersons in the force and needs to be curbed.
Three sportspersons who represented the BSF at various national events were found guilty of using banned performance-enhancing drugs last year,officials said. While the trio have been banned for two years,the sports they represented wrestling and athletics have been dropped for a year from the All India Police Athletes Championship. The three coaches responsible for training the trio were removed and moved to the battalion for general duties.
Speaking at a function Monday to felicitate sportspersons who represented the force,Joshi said: There have been several instances where doping was found to be rampant among the sportspersons and that needs to be curbed.
One wrestler and two athletes tested positive during surprise checks carried out by the NADA,along with doctors and representatives from the BSF. All three cases were reported from Punjab,said an official. It was only last year that we started conducting the tests. We tried to bring in the culture of zero tolerance towards such practices, said a senior official.
During inquiries,the trio told us that they took medicines for common cold and fever,and were unaware about the presence of prohibited substances in such medicines. As per norms,the player has to declare this before the event starts, said the official.