At the Seoul Olympics in 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson shocked the world by testing positive for a little-known synthetic steroid called Stanozolol, bringing the issue of performance enhancing drugs in sports into limelight. What’s alarming is that 28 years down the road, the drug still finds favour with Indian athletes looking to cut corners. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has registered 208 cases of the steroid being found in test samples collected from Indian athletes from January 1, 2009 to July 18, 2016.
According to a report published by NADA on its website, as many as 687 athletes have been caught taking prohibited substances in the 90-month period. Stanozolol is not the only outdated drug Indian cheats consume. According to the NADA report, Nandrolone and Metandienone are among the top three drugs Indian athletes have been caught taking. Metandienone made headlines recently when Rio-bound wrestler, Narsingh Yadav, tested positive for the banned drug.
THE OLD INDIAN DOPE TRICK
The huge numbers of athletes caught by NADA in the last six years bring to light the doping menace in the country. And Indian athletes use outdated drugs—Stnozolol, Nandrolone and Metandienone (the anabolic steroid which wrestler Narsingh Yadav tested positive for)
It is usually used by bodybuilders as it helps bulk up. However, the drug is so ancient that the last instance of a US athlete getting caught taking the drug happened in 2002.
The number of cases of Metandienone registered by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) from January 1, 2009 to July 18, 2016.
In 1988, Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson tested positive for Stanozolol, bringing the synthetic steroid into limelight. The outdated drug still finds favour with Indian athletes looking to cut corners.
The number of cases registered by the NADA for Stanozolol from January 1, 2009 to July 18, 2016.
The number of athletes to have been caught taking prohibited substances in the 90-month period.
The number of cases since January 2015 involving Stanozolol, which was banned by the International Olympic Committee in 1974. In contrast, there have been two cases in the USA and nine in the UK involving the drug during the same period.
The cases of Nandrolone use caught by NADA