Rio Olympics dream dashed: Inderjeet Singh fails second dope test, shot-putter likely to be banned for 4 years

After his 'A' sample tested positive, the NADA asked the Haryana athlete, who had won a silver in the 2014 Asian Games, if he wants to test his 'B' sample and if so, to do this within seven days.

Last Updated: Aug 03, 2016, 00:09 AM IST
Rio Olympics dream dashed: Inderjeet Singh fails second dope test, shot-putter likely to be banned for 4 years

New Delhi: In what has come a fresh blow to India's medal-winning chances at upcoming Rio Olympics, veteran Indian shot-putter Inderjeet Singh's 'B' sample has tested positive.

The 28-year-old athlete's A-sample had returned positive in a test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on June 22.

Inderjeet's A sample taken out of competition on June 22 had returned positive for a cocktail of steroids post which he was told by NADA to have his B sample tested within seven days, failing which his dope failure will be confirmed.

"It is understood that his June 29 sample was clean. NADA does so many tests on so many sportspersons that they don't say which sample is clean. NADA normally informs about dope positive cases," a source told PTI.

Later on, it emerged that the sample taken on June 29 had returned negative, but sources said NADA will proceed on the June 22 dope flunk case.

"But NADA will proceed on the June 22 dope positive case. June 29 sample may be clean but it doesn't change anything on June 22 sample. Inderjeet is still liable for the June 22 dope positive case," the source added.

After his 'A' sample tested positive, the NADA asked the Haryana athlete, who had won a silver in the 2014 Asian Games, if he wants to test his 'B' sample and if so, to do this within seven days.

Now that his 'B' sample has also tested positive, he will have to miss Rio Olympics beginning August 5, besides facing the prospect of being banned for four years under the new WADA Code.

Inderjeet is one of those athletes who does not train at the national camps. He normally trains on his own with his personal coach.