Dope cheats shame Indian athletics in another dismal year

Several athletes were found guilty of using banned substances even as poor performances and official gaffes showed India in a dismal shade at international arenas.

updated: December 22, 2013 14:16 IST
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New Delhi: Doping shame and administrative goof-ups dominated the Indian athletics scene with the hosting of Asian Championships for the second time in its history providing the only silver lining in an otherwise disappointing year.

Athletics remained one of the top two disciplines which produced the most number of dope cheats in the tests conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) with 23 from track and field returning positive.

India also faced embarrassment just a day before the start of the July 3-7 Asian Championships in Pune when shot-putter P Udaya Laxmi had to be pulled out after it came to be known that she had returned positive for stimulant methylhexaneamine in a test conducted by NADA during National Inter-State Championships in Chennai in June.

The AFI faced further shame as it tried to include quartermiler Ashwini Akkunji into the women's 4x400 relay team, just a few days after she ended her two-year ban period for a doping offence in 2011. The technical delegate of the championships politely rejected India's request.

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