The dope taint on India’s athletes spread further on Thursday as four more tested positive and a banned sprinter failed a second test.
On Wednesday, Asiad and Commonwealth Games (CWG) gold medallist Mandeep Kaur and CWG gold winner Jauna Murmu were banned, pending disciplinary hearing. Both failed out-of-competition tests conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
On Thursday, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) put out a ‘shame list’ with five names. Murmu was a repeat offender while the others were sprinters Sini Jose and Tiana Mary Thomas, shot putter Sonia Kumari and long jumper Hari Krishna Muralidharan. Jose was part of Kaur’s 4x400m relay team that won gold at the Delhi Games.
Thursday’s tests were conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency. Most of the athletes tested positive for the anabolic steroid methandienone.
"It is shocking that all of them tested positive for the same drug,” said AFI director ML Dogra.