Close on the heels of the Narsingh Yadav scandal, more dope misery came India’s way when Rio-bound shot putter Inderjeet Singh became the second athlete to test positive for a banned substance.
28-year-old Inderjeet, the reigning Asian Champion, tested positive for a banned steroid and he has been informed by National Anti-Doping Agency. His out-of-competition test was done on 22 June.
“The National Anti-Doping Agency sent a letter to the athletics federation this evening saying Inderjeet had failed a dope test,” a source said. At 34, India was sending its largest-ever athletics contingent to the Olympics and this latest development has created huge doubts in the minds of the international dope-watchers.
Gold-medallist in the Asian championships, Asian Grand Prix and the World University Games last year, Inderjeet was the first Indian athlete to qualify for Rio and the hope of breaching the 21m barrier on his Olympic debut, led him to a US-training stint in Pennsylvania. It is here, people close to the development, feel that he might have come in touch with performance enhancing substances.
Inderjeet had been registered by NADA for its testing pool and he was “avoiding” getting tested by the agency. “We were doubting something was wrong when we came to know about him avoiding the NADA tests. Our worst fears have come true,” sources said.
Inderjeet is one of those athletes who does not train at the national camps. He normally trains on his own with his personal coach.
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