Embarrassment for India as shotputter’s test sample ‘indicates’ dope violation

An athlete from host nation India might be barred from participating in the 20th Asian Athletics Championships beginning in Pune

Written by Nihal Koshie | Pune | Published: July 3, 2013 12:57:47 am

An athlete from host nation India might be barred from participating in the 20th Asian Athletics Championships beginning in Pune on Wednesday because of an adverse analytical finding (Methylhexaneamine) following dope tests of urine samples collected last month during a meet in Chennai.

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) said on Tuesday that from the 153 dope tests conducted during the 53rd National Inter-state Senior Athletics Championships held between June 4 and 7,a woman shot-putter,one of the medallists,had returned an adverse analytical finding following dope testing.

All medals winners at the inter-state athletics championships have been picked in the Indian team for the Asian Athletics Championships.

In the women’s shot-put in Chennai,P Udaya Lakshmi won gold,Neha Singh took silver and Navjit Kaur won bronze. Of these Udaya Lakshmi has previously served a ban for a steroid violation during her days as a 400m hurdler. Once she completed the ban,she took up shot-put as her sport.

When contacted,Athletics Federation of India (AFI) president Adille Sumariwalla said that he had not received any intimation from NADA on the adverse analytical findings of Methylhexaneamine,a prohibited stimulant. “Ideally,the NADA should have informed the AFI first. However,in this particular case we have no information as on date. But once we get facts confirmed with NADA,the athlete who has returned this adverse finding will be thrown out of the Asian Athletic Championships,” Sumariwalla said.

An adverse analytical finding is not the same as an anti-doping rules violation and is considered as an indication of dope violation.

“NADA has conducted a total of 153 dope tests during the 53rd National Interstate Senior Athletics Championship from June 4-7,2013 at Chennai. Out of these samples so tested,the laboratory analytical findings in respect of 151 samples have been received. The result management process has revealed that a woman athlete (shot-put) reported with adverse analytical finding for Methylhexaneamine (MHA) following her urine dope sample collected in the said championship at Chennai. She is also a medal winner in this event,” said NADA director general Mukul Chatterjee.

Incidentallly,Methylhexaneamine was at the centre of a dope scandal when eight Indians athletes including six wrestlers tested positive for the stimulant before the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

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