New Delhi: Half of the players tested during selection trials held early this month in Ludhiana for the second Kabaddi World Cup tested positive, the National Anti-Doping Agency said on Wednesday.
"The Selection Trial (Men) of 2nd World Cup Kabaddi, Punjab 2011 was held at Ludhiana on 5th October 2011 and the Dope Control Programme was organised by NADA as per the request of Director, Sports, Punjab Government," NADA said in a statement.
"A total of 51 urine samples were collected and deposited in the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) on the 6th October 2011. Laboratory analytical reports in respect of 21 samples have been received so far from National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), 10 samples have been found positive, thereby resulting in anti doping rule violation," NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar said in the statement.
"The first notices along with provisional suspension have been issued to the concerned. The prohibited substances found in these cases are stanozolol, boldenone, nandrolone, phentermine(stimulant)," he said.
"NADA has taken this position very seriously as due to such high percentage of doping in Kabaddi the overall impact on the doping scenario is affected thereby sending a wrong signal to the sporting world regarding the Dope Control activities of India," he added.
Bhatnagar has communicated to Director Sports Punjab his grave concern and apprehension that the Kabaddi World Cup should not degenerate into a farce. The concern is also being communicated to the International and Indian Kabaddi Federation.