Its just 225 days to go and India’s doping vows aren’t ending. Last week Neeraj Phogat failed her dope test for an performance enhancement substance. Now this news has shocked the whole boxing fraternity. Coaches and director can’t believe Sumit has failed his dope test.
Sumit has participated in 2012 Olympian and have a clean record till now. Since the news broke out he has gone incommunicado. NADA is trying to contact him for testing B sample but he has left the National camp from Patiala told High Performance Director Santiago Nieva.
Neeraj Phogat was tested positive earlier this month for a substance ( Ligandrol) which is not even medically approved for human use. Ligandrol is used in horses before racing to enhance their performance. This drug is only available in black market at various price range.
This year around 190 athletes are banned for doping. Most of them were bodybuilder and power lifters. But recently four weightlifters were banned for using the same substance. In which 2012 CWG medal winner Ravi Kumar was also included.
Satnam Singh, first Indian to play in NBA also failed a dope test this month. Ravi Kumar, 10m Rifle shooter also failed his dope test after Munich World cup. With these big names joining the list its time for NADA and sports ministry to talk to our athletes and issue and advisory.
The question arises is why our athletes are taking risk of doping when they know they will be caught. Specially they are taking those substances which are not even allowed for human consumption. With Tokyo Olympics is approaching our sports ministry and NADA needs to find out some solutions for it.