CWG athletes’ ‘B’ samples test positive; dropped from event

Zeenews bureau

New Delhi: Embarrassment piled on India ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Games with three swimmers and two athletes flunking dope tests as their ‘B’ samples also tested positive for banned substances. They have been subsequently taken off the CWG list and their replacements are not yet decided

Richa Mishra, adjudged the best female swimmer of the 64th National aquatic championship in Jaipur along with fellow CWG teammate Jyotsana Pansare and Amar Muralitharan, tested positive for methylhexaneamine, a stimulant banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency this year.

Intended to be a nasal decongestant, it is marketed as a dietary supplement.

Swimming Federation of India Secretary Virender Nanavati confirmed the development and said both Richa and Jyotsana will be withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games 2010 team.

"We have been informed by the National Anti-Doping Agency about the three swimmers failing dope tests. Their samples were collected during the National Championships in Jaipur," Nanavati told reporters.

“If the `B` samples of Richa and Jyotsana also test positive they will be withdrawn from the team. I can`t say whether we will have the replacements," Nanavati had said.

Of the three who have been caught in the doping net, Muralitharan had earlier flunked a dope test in 2003 as well but was cleared later that year.