Legendary lengthy jumper and Athletics Federation of India (AFI) senior vice-president Anju Bobby George on Sunday dropped a bombshell, alleging that few of the nation’s athletes are bringing again performance-enhancing medication from abroad, that are being distributed amongst a few of their colleagues.
Talking on the two-day Annual Common Assembly (AGM) of the AFI, Anju, the nation’s lone World Championships medallist, mentioned lots of the banned medication being consumed, have been introduced by athletes caught for doping originated from overseas.
“Many banned medication being taken by the athletes caught for doping aren’t obtainable in India, they arrive from overseas,” Anju, additionally an acclaimed coach, has reportedly briefed the overall physique.
“It isn’t solely the coaches supplying banned medication to younger athletes however some athletes travelling overseas for coaching, procure the (performance-enhancing) medication and distribute them to others. We additionally should cease this,” mentioned Anju, who gained a protracted leap bronze on the 2003 Paris World Championships.
AFI President Adille Sumariwalla, on his half, warned the athletes that they are going to be put underneath extra intense dope testing than earlier than by the Nationwide Anti-Doping Company (NADA) and urged them to cease the enterprise of taking medication after which claiming innocence afterward.
Sumariwalla mentioned the NADA has strengthened its dope testing capabilities by recruiting extra personnel to crack down on the drug cheats.
“I had lately met with NADA individuals and they will take a look at extra samples. They’ve recruited 115 dope testing officers and they will district and state degree meets beside the nationwide degree occasions,” Sumariwalla mentioned whereas emphasising the zero tolerance on doping on the a part of AFI.
“We’ve urged the NADA to conduct dope testing on the junior meets, district, state and departmental degree meets additionally. I’m telling the athletes, you’ll get caught sometime and cease this ‘dhanda (enterprise).”
Sumariwalla mentioned a lot of the doping incidents happen at decrease ranges and out of doors the nationwide camp, and coaches underneath the federal government’s payroll had been accountable for deliberately giving banned medication to the youthful athletes.
“These coaches are transferred each three months. In the event that they produced a medal-winning athlete by giving the younger athlete banned medication, their switch could be stopped.
“Everyone (dope offenders) will say they didn’t know that they’d taken the banned substances they usually had been harmless however I can let you know 99 per cent of these caught in doping know what they had been doing.
“India is quantity three on the record of doping (highest variety of dope offenders). We could be banned like Russia.”
Indian athletics touched a brand new excessive final 12 months after star javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra gained the primary Olympic gold in athletics, the second particular person gold in any sport.
However the dope flunking of prime discus thrower Kamalpreet Kaur and one other javelin thrower Shivpal Singh have as soon as once more introduced again the menace of doping in athletics to the forefront.
“Some athletes are provisionally suspended and a few aren’t they usually have challenged their suspensions. Until the time their challenges aren’t over (not determined by competent tribunals), we will be unable to supply any replace,” Sumariwalla mentioned when requested concerning the latest doping circumstances.
Sumariwalla mentioned the AFI couldn’t have carried out greater than what it has carried out to battle the menace of doping.
“I used to be the one who needed criminalisation of doping, jail phrases for dope offenders. We had been one of many first NSFs, that had a no-needle coverage, what extra might we’ve got carried out? We don’t have the powers of police,” he mentioned whereas addressing a press convention after the AGM.
“The Anti-Doping Invoice (launched within the Parliament lately) didn’t make doping a felony offence however I’m hoping will probably be carried out so in stage 2,” he mentioned with out elaborating.
The AFI additionally authorised the annual calendar, ratified nationwide information, and took a choice on the obligatory on-line entry of athletes for varied occasions to cease “impersonation” and digitise all its archives.
It additionally determined to accentuate the work of manufacturing extra certified Indian coaches.