Decision on Vij`s CWG participation later

Saurav Vij`s name will not be removed from the Indian squad for the Commonwealth Games as of now and a decision on his participation will be taken later this month, CWG OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot said.

Last Updated: Sep 03, 2010, 21:09 PM IST

New Delhi: Dope tainted shot putter Saurav Vij`s name will not be removed from the Indian squad for the Commonwealth Games as of now and a decision on his participation will be taken later this month, CWG OC Secretary General Lalit Bhanot said.

Bhanot made it clear that a decision will come only after thorough investigation into the issue.

"If anyone is guilty of doping he will not be allowed to take part in Commonwealth Games. Whoever is next to him in the ranking, will get a chance to participate if he fails to come out clean," Bhanot said.

Vij was among the six athletes, caught for doping yesterday and has been handed provisional suspension by the National Anti-doping Agency.
His `A` sample has been tested and the athletes may opt for the `B` sample test. The AFI said it may go for a second test test to finish the procedure before the CWG.

"We can conduct the `B` sample test very quickly if Vij desires so," said Ravinder Choudhry, officiating Secretary of the AFI.

The Games` athletics events are starting from October 5 and according to international rule, the countries have to finalise their squad latest by September 20.
Bhanot said this incident would not any adverse affect on India`s chances during the Delhi Games, scheduled from October 3-14.

"This is not really a good thing before the event. But I am hopeful that this incident would not adversely impact our medal tally in athletics," Bhanot said.

"Dope tests are done during competitions and also out of the events from time to time. But if anyone is found guilty he will be punished," Bhanot added.

PTI