103 players tested positive this year: Sports Ministry

Last Updated: Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 17:14

New Delhi: Admitting that the menace of
doping was rampant in the country, the Sports Ministry today
disclosed that 103 Indian sports-persons, including juniors
have flunked dope test in the last eight months.

Recently, 18 players, including Commonwealth Games squad
members, had failed the dope test with 12 of them testing
positive for the same substance -- Methylhexanamine.

Talking to reporters, Rahul Bhatnagar, joint Secretary
(International Sports Division), of Sports Ministry said not
only CWG disciplines but players from other sport are also in
the list.

"Overall, 2047 samples were collected from January to
August and 103 of them turned out to be positive. We have
informed WADA about this," Bhatnagar, who is also Director
General of the National Anti Doping Agency, said.

On being asked how most of the players are testing
positive for Methylhexamanine recently, Bhatnagar said that is
not the case.

"Out of 103, only 12 have tested positive for
Methylhexamanine. In others stallonzone, nandrolone and
diuretics were found. Methylhexamanine is a recent phenomenon,
it is not clear if they all were taking the same thing," he
said.

Bhatnagar also shot down the excuse of players such as
weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu that they consumed supplements
recommended by the coaches.

"WADA rules are clear that if something is found from the
body of an athlete, he/she is responsible for that. Ultimately
they are responsible for what they are eating.

"There is a WADA campaign to root out the menace which is
rampant. We have to finsh it. It`s difficult to tell what`s
inside a supplement. The athletes are given lectures at
seminars what they can take and what not," Bhatnagar said.

"We can`t say they took it deliberately or give to them
by someone else."

He also said the blood testing has also started at NADA`s
WADA-accredited lab.

"We have also started taking blood samples for testing.
Recently samples were taken from Kabaddi players after a
tournament in Punjab," he said.

On being asked about sub-standard supplements provided by
Sports Authority of India during training camps, he said,"
Food supplements are an integral part of our scheme. It helps
in development of players. SAI has an expert committee and it
has come out with a list of supplements which can be taken
safely. A due diligence has been taken in preparing that
list."

PTI



First Published: Saturday, September 11, 2010 - 17:14

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