NSFs should start doping awareness programme: Gill

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of a series
of positive dope tests, Sports Minister M S Gill today said
the national federations should introduce educational
programmes to make the sportspersons aware of the doping

"The federations should make the sportspersons aware of
this thing. We are doing our bit and the federations better
launch education (programmes) for their sportspeople so that
nobody is caught in ignorance," Gill said here.

"The message to the athletes is what I often give. It is
true that we do want lots of medals in the Commonwealth Games.
But even if we get one we want that medal with honour," Gill
said at the day-long Conference of the Sports Ministers of the

Gill`s comment came five days after the country faced a
major embarrassment with four wrestlers - Rajiv Tomar, Sumit,
Mausam Khatri and Gursharanpreet Kaur - being removed from
India`s CWG squad for flunking National Anti Doping Agency`s

Rahul Mann and Joginder Singh were other two wrestlers
who failed to clear the tests.

The `B` samples of the six wrestlers yesterday turned out
to be positive for stimulant methylhexanamine, which was added
as a banned substance only this year by World Anti-Doping
Agency (WADA).

His comment also assumes significance as 18 athletes have
been caught for using banned substances in the past few days
under NADA tests.

Gill was also miffed with the repeated postponement of
the 34th National Games and lashed out at the Indian Olympic
Association, saying the IOA should consult the government in
future before allotting the multi-sport event to any State.

"National Games is very important for us, but the IOA is
allotting the event to the States like Chhattisgarh and
Jharkhand in the manner Commonwealth Games Federation or the
International Olympic Council allots their Games to different

"Its like gifts to the states. The IOA people have
personal interest and desire, I understand this business. I
would say that in future the IOA should consult us before
allotting the National Games," Gill said.

The 34th National Games, which was originally scheduled
in Jharkhand in 2007 has been postponed five times by the IOA,
the latest being in October last year.

Asked about the Commonwealth Games, the Minister admitted
that the weather is a concern.

"The weather is surely a concern but the SAI has done its
work in time and all the venues are ready," he said.