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Players responsible for taking banned substances: NADA

National Anti-Doping Agency director-general Rahul Bhatnagar today said the players should be held responsible for testing positive for the banned substances.

delhi Updated: Sep 11, 2010 18:13 IST

National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) director-general Rahul Bhatnagar on Saturday said the players should be held responsible for testing positive for the banned substances.

So far, nine Commonwealth Games probables have been tested positive for banned drug methylhexanamine, which was included in the list of World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) banned substances this year.

"We hold seminars, give lectures about the banned substances, the list of these substances is there on the website. If still a player is caught, then he or she should be held accountable. The coaches should also be aware of which drug should be taken as there are several instances of the players being misled by the coaches," Bhatnagar said.

He denied that it is an anomaly that 14 players have tested positive for the same drug.

"We have taken samples for 2407 athletes (from January to August), including those who were not part of the Commonwealth Games. From those, 103 players tested positive, 14 were found to have taken methyhexnamine. So, it might appear to be strange that so many players have tested positive for the same drug but they in reality are just a handful compared to the number of samples we have took," Bhatnagar said.

"It is hard to say whether it was a deliberate act by the athletes. I could only state the example of top Indian tennis players who told me how cautious they are while they are taking any medicines or supplements as they are aware they will be tested for doping before any international tournament."

"We have sent the names of the athletes who have tested positive to WADA. They should be replying soon."

Bhatnagar said the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has also constituted an experts committee and listed the food supplements for the athletes.

"Under the scheme, we are supposed to help the players with what food supplements they can take for their development. The SAI expert committee has come up with their recommendations on food supplements for the players," Bhatnagar said.

Six wrestlers, two swimmers and two athletes, who tested positive for banned drug methylhexanamine, will now face the anti-doping disciplinary panel for a hearing Sep 22.

Wrestlers -- Arjuna Awardee Rajiv Tomar (120kg), Sumit (74kg), Mausam Khatri 96kg) and woman wrestler Gursharanpreet Kaur (72 kg), swimmers Richa Mishra and Jyotsna Pansari, and shot putter Saurabh Vij and discus thrower Akash Antil were part of the Indian team for the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games.

The hearing of netball player Megha Chaudhary, a Commonwealth Games probable who tested positive for steroids, will be held Sep 20.

Wrestlers Rahul Mann (60kg) and Joginder Singh (55 kg), swimmer Amar Muralidharan and woman weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu, who all tested positive for the same drug, are not members of the Commonwealth Games squad.