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India’s dope ‘secret’ is exposed

New Delhi: The attempts by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Paralympics Committee of India (PCI) to suppress the positive dope result of an athlete fell flat on its face on Thursday, when it was revealed that para-lifter Sachin Chaudhary had failed the test before leaving for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

While Chaudhary was hastily brought back from Glasgow on the pretext of his father’s illness, the PCI admitted on Thursday that the Meerut-based lifter had failed the test conducted by the National Anti Doping Agency (Nada).

“We received the news that Sachin had tested positive in an out of competition test dope testů then we asked him to come back. We are taking up the matter seriously and would take strict action against him,” said PCI secretary J Chandrasekhar.

The PCI official, however, had no comment to offer when asked why the actual reason for Chaudhary’s departure from Glasgow was not made public. What had made things more suspicious was that Chaudhary’s name was not a part of the list of medal prospects sent to the sports ministry by the PCI, but was added later.

The para-lifter was also a part of the 2012 London Paralympics and World championships.

PCI president Rajesh Tomar said he had no knowledge of the issue. “I don’t have any such information. If at all there is any such communication about an athlete being found positive, then it must be sent to the secretary’s office in Bangalore. I have not got any such information,” he said.

A source in the IOA said the whole issue was kept under wrap to avoid embarrassment. “Chaudhary had indeed tested positive and to avoid any controversy before the Games, it was decided that his father’s illness was used as an excuse for his sudden return.”

This is not the first occasion an Indian athlete had failed a dope test before the start of a multi-sports international event.