In a latest case of doping in India’s Rio 2016 Olympics contingent, a sprinter has failed a dope test and his participation in Rio Games has been cancelled. The news comes a day after shot-putter Inderjeet Singh failed a dope test. The name of the athlete has not been officially announced by National Anti-Doping Agency. But, it said that Dharambir Singh, who had qualified in the 200m sprint is the athlete who has failed a dope test.
“One Rio bound athlete’s ‘A’ sample has been tested positive for a banned substance. The athlete has been informed about the same a couple of days back,” Navin Agarwal, NADA director general, told The Indian Express.
Dharambir had qualified by clocking 20.45 seconds at the national meet in Bangalore, beating the Olympic qualifying mark of 20.50 seconds by .05 seconds. Dharambir became the first Indian athlete to qualify for the 200m Athletics event at the Olympic Games after a gap of 36 years. the Rohtak born-athlete began his sporting career as a kabaddi player. He has also won a bronze medal in Men’s 200m at 2015 Asian Athletics Championship in Wuhan
This is the third case for India before the Olympics that a players has been tested positive. Earlier, wrestler Narsingh Yadav and shot-putter Inderjeet have been tested positive.
While Narsingh had claimed conspiracy and the NADA panel cleared him of dope charge, Inderjeet was not so lucky.
Both Dharambir and Inderjeet now face a ban upto four years as per the World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines.