`101 athletes flunked dope test till July 2010`

New Delhi: The number of sportspersons who flunked dope test in the first seven months this year stood at a whopping 101, the highest in the last four years.

The Sport Ministry today came out with a report on the number of sportspersons, including powerlifters and bodybuilders, who failed dope test in the last four years.

According to the report, the number of sportspersons who flunked dope tests increased from 44 in 2007 to 69 and 76 in 2008 and 2009 respectively while the number this year till July stood at 101.

Concerned at the report, the Ministry said that the respective federations should take action against the dope cheats taking into consideration the WADA Code.

"The federation concerned with the discipline of such sportsperson is required to take appropriate action as per norms fixed by its international federations and WADA Code," Minister of State for Sports Pratik Prakashbapu Patil said in in a written reply at the Lok Sabha today.

The Ministry also gave details of the grants sanctioned to various national federations over the last three years as a part of its assistance for the Commonwealth Games.

Patil said federations not submitting their grant utilisation certificates will not be given further funds.

"The Minister further said that NSFs that are not upto date in submission of utilisation certificates are not given further grant," Patil said.

"At present, three NSFs viz. All India Tennis Association, Billiards & Snookers and Badminton Association of India are not upto date in submitting the utilization certificates of the grants released to them.

"Besides, NSFs receiving annual grant of Rs. 1.00 crore or more are subject to audit by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG). Further, all NSFs receiving annual grant of Rs 10 lakh and above have been declared as Public Authority under the Right to Information Act," the ministry said in the release," he added.


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