New Delhi: The dope menace returned to haunt
India with two weightlifters being tested positive for banned
substance in the Continental Clubs Grand Prix at Penang in
Malaysia in December last year.
Sukhen Dey and and Anupdeo Toppo, who had won gold and
silver in the 56kg and 77kg categories respectively in the
December 11-16 event, were tested poistive for stimulant
Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary General Sahdev
Yadav told PTI that the A samples of the two lifters were
tested positive but the international parent body has not
informed it of the B sample results.
"We have not got the results of the B sample tests," said
Sahdev who had just returned from Tashkent after the Asian
Weightlifting Federation Congress.
The Continental Clubs Grand Prix was introduced last year
by the International Weightlifting Federation to promote the
sport to a wider audience.
Dey, who had become the first Indian junior lifter to win
a medal in a World Championships by bagging a bronze in 56kg
in Romania, represented Services in Penang while Anupdeo took
part for Universal Club, according to international federation
Sahdev said the IWF had not given sanction to Services to
take part in the event and the dope results would not count
against the name of the national federation.
He also said if at all the two violations are to be
counted against the IWF, they will be deemed to have been
committed last year and not this year and there was no chance
of India being banned by the international federation if
another lifter tests positive in 2011.
Officials who are familiar with the rules, however, said
that the dope results will be counted against the IWF since
the two lifters are registered with the national federation
and they were taking part in an International Weightlifting
Federation sanctioned event.
They also said that the dope result would be counted as
violation for last year and not for this year, and so there is
no danger of Indian being banned if a third lifter tests
positive this year.
Meanwhile, IWF president Birendra Prasad Baishya has been
made a board member of the Asian Weightlifting Fedetaion in
the AWF Congress which concluded in Tashkent on Wednesday.
Mohamed Yousef Al Mana of Qatar has been elected AWF
president and Ali Moradi of Iran as General Secretary.