The first Indian to have qualified for the Rio Olympics, Shot-putter Inderjit Singh broke down on numerous occasions in an interview, while sharing his oredeal. Singh was the second Indian athlete in two days to have failed a dope test. Wrestler Narsingh Yadav had earlier had his ‘A’ sample tested poitive.
On Tuesday, the bronze medal owner at the 2014 Asian Games, was informed by the India’s National Anti-Doping Agency(NADA) that he had tested positive for a banned substance. If the second sample is also found to be positive, the athlete will have to quit out of the olympics that begin August 5 and even get banned for four years.
Singh cried conspiracy in media, claiming to be a victim of the system for being outspoken against the poilitics involved in Indian sports and the bad treatment, sportsmen have to go through.
The director-general of NADA, Navin Agarwal denied any argument samples could have been tampered, informing that the samples are sealed in the athlete’s presence. Yadav, though, suspects his food and water supply to have been sabotaged and altered with.
Dr. Chandran, a medicine expert explained in an interview to a news channel:
“These drugs come in the anabolic steroid group and are used for muscle building. Power sport people use these drugs to enhance power for the event in which they participate. These are the drugs of choice for shot-putters, hammer-throwers and athletes like that.”
He refused to comment on the conspiracy cries unless it is proven, but stated that the athlete should have been more careful, especially for a drug that is used for events of his choice.
With two medal contenders almost out of the race, a week before the Olympics begin, India’s already shallow number of medals might get much smaller this year.