LUCKNOW: Yet another young athlete from Uttar Pradesh, Yugant Shekhar Singh, was caught in the doping net on Friday when banned anabolic steroids were found in his urine sample.
A long jumper from the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre here, Shekhar has been charged with using banned substance Androsterone Etiocholanolone.
Interestingly, his urine sample was collected on May 14 this year after which he represented India at the Asian Championship in Vietnam and World Championship in Poland.
“After Gaurav Yadav from Pratapgarh and Kaushal Singh from Lucknow, Shekhar is the third athlete from the state to have been accused of using dope,” secretary of UP Athletics Association PK Srivastava told HT on Friday.
Kaushal’s ‘A’ sample was collected on June 29 and the report came on July 21. He was found guilty of using Drostanolone methabolite.
“Yugant is presently nursing injuries at the hospital as he had fractured one of his hands during the trials at Poland meet. I can’t guarantee about others but I am very sure that both Gaurav and Yugant are innocent and UPAA would fight their cases at NADA,” said Srivastava.
“Both the athletes have attended national camps for the last one year and they never came back to UP for training. They gave their samples whenever NADA asked them to do so. They never tried to escape from tests,” he said.
He, however, claimed that athletes from Northern India were not alert and fell victim to conspiracies. “Our sportspersons are falling victims to the high-handedness of NADA,” he said.
“UPAA is fully supporting its athletes. I believe that the entire case should be investigated properly. I will make sure that these athletes get justice,” said Srivastava, who also happens to be the treasurer in the Athletics Federation of India.