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CWG bronze medallist set to lose state honour for dope taint

PTI  New Delhi, May 05, 2014
First Published: 16:48 IST(5/5/2014) | Last Updated: 18:04 IST(5/5/2014)

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist boxer Dilbag Singh is all set to lose the Haryana government's sporting award bestowed on him this year due to a dope test he failed in 2011.

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Dilbag, a former Commonwealth Championships gold medallist and a multiple-time national champion, flunked the test after clinching a gold in the 2011 Jharkhand National Games.

The welterweight boxer was presented Haryana's state honour -- the Bhim award --  earlier his year, despite being ineligible for the honour due to his dope taint.

In reply to an RTI query, the state public information officer and deputy director Sports of the Haryana Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, S K Goyal, said the process to take back the award from the boxer has been initiated.

"NADA (National Anti-Doping Agency) has informed on 07-02-2014 that a period of one year ineligibility from competing in sports events with effect from 24-02-2011 to 23-02-2012. Matter is under process by the Sports Department for withdrawing his Bhim Award," Goyal stated in the reply.

The enquiry into Dilbag's credentials was launched after reports of him being dope-tainted appeared on the day he was bestowed the award.


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