Shot putter Inderjit Singh, the second Rio Olympics-bound athlete to fail a dope test after wrestler Narsingh Yadav, said on Tuesday there was a conspiracy against him for being critical of the authorities.
The 28-year-old Singh’s ‘A’ sample returned positive for a banned substance and the country’s anti-doping agency has given the Haryana athlete a week to get another test done, reports said Monday.
“I have been framed because I am outspoken. This is a conspiracy against me,” Singh told TV channels.
HT was the first to write -- on June 8 -- that Singh was shying away from sharing training and residential details with the National Anti Doping Agency (Nada), the body responsible for testing athletes for drug violations. Singh was avoiding Nada since January, HT reported.
He was tested on June 22, sources said.
If the ‘B’ sample is also found to be positive, the Asian games silver medallist will have to sit out the Olympics that begin August 5 and may be banned for four years under new World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) code.
One of the first athletes to qualify for the Rio Olympic, Singh tested positive for what sources said was a “fancy-sounding” drug which they couldn’t identify.
Unlike most athletes, Singh doesn’t train at national camps and works with his personal coach.
He made the games cut in 2015 itself and trained in the US earlier this year under the sports ministry’s target Olympic podium (TOP) scheme.
Singh’s failed test is a huge embarrassment for India still coming to terms wrestler Yadav’s blow. One of India’s medal hopes, Yadav will get a final hearing on Wednesday but his chances of getting to Rio are very slim.
The Commonwealth Games gold medallist tested positive for anabolic steroid methandienone that helps build muscle and enhance performance. Yadav has alleged conspiracy and said his supplements and water had been “sabotaged”.
His sparring partner and roommate at the Sports Authority of India’s facility in Sonepat, Sandeep Yadav, too, failed a dope test. He also tested positive for the same substance as Narsingh Yadav.
(With agency inputs)