Athletes should try to know more about doping menace: Randhir

It is the responsibility of the athletes to know more about the doping menace to keep their career taint-free and help India avoid any embarrassment, according the CWG Organising Committee Vice Chairman Randhir Singh.

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2010, 20:58 PM IST

New Delhi: It is the responsibility of the
athletes to know more about the doping menace to keep their
career taint-free and help India avoid any embarrassment,
according the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Vice
Chairman Randhir Singh.

Randhir`s comments came on a day when the country, just a
month before Commonwealth Games, faced a major embarrassment
with four athletes, including three in CWG squad, failing
their `B` sample dope tests.

Randhir said that educational programmes and policing
should be carried out simultaneously to help the athletes know
more about doping.

"Education and policing must be done simultaneously to
make the athletes aware about the bad implications of doping.
The Indian Olympic Association is playing its role to avoid
doping but at the same time it is also responsibility of the
players to be aware of the menace," Randhir told reporters
here today.

"As a sportsman, I would say the athletes themselves are
responsible for the incidents. Neither Federations nor the IOA
nor SAI would be disturbed but its only their career which
will be hampered.”

"The person has to wake up and look after himself and
they themselves should know what they are using. Its something
they have to be aware of because it hampers the players`
health, career as well as the future," said Randhir, also an
International Olympic Committee (IOC) member.

CWG-bound swimmers - Richa Mishra and Jyotsana Pansare -
and a shot putter Saurabh Vij were among the athletes whose
`B` samples test today came positive for methylhexaneamine.

Haryana discus thrower Aakash Antil, who was not in the
Games squad, also failed his `B` sample test for the same
substance.

Randhir said that it is just not possible that nobody
knew what medicines the athletes were consuming and whether
they are banned by the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).

"I think, its not possible that nobody knows what the
athletes are consuming. If all the 11 players are consuming
the same medicine and nobody knows, then its ridiculous. They
surely knew about it," said Randhir, who is also a former
India shooter.

"Doping is a big menace for us and a very unfortunate
thing. its not just about India but the condition is same
everywhere in the world. This thing has become a big menace
and we have to fight it - no shotcut," he added.

Woman weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu, who was added in the
Commonwealth Games core group last year but did not make it to
the final squad announced last month, also tested positive for
methylhexaneamine in the National Anti Doping Agency test.

Asked about the preparation for the Games, Randhir said,
"We are in the final stage of preparation and like to see the
debris being cleared out, its all being brought outside (the
stadium). Today, by the end of the day most of the debris will
be cleared. We are well on target."

He also dismissed the reports that there were some
problems on the tracks at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

"There is no problem at all, we tested the balloon also
and that has to go up. So everything is under control.”

"The only thing is we are now waiting for the athletes to
come, see and practice. The field of play is looking excellent
and all the things are coming up on logistic and technical
side also. So everything is good, nothing to worry about," he
added.

PTI