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Indian athletes pass dope test

As the Games meanders to a close this weekend, none of the Indians, most susceptible to drug abuse, have been reported so far.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 15:51 IST

Stringent anti-doping measures adoped by the member countries before the Commonwealth Games have ensured Indian athletes, particularly weightlifters, come out clean this time.

As the sporting extravaganza meanders to close this weekend, none of the Indian weightlifters, most susceptible to drug abuse, have been reported so far.

Indian weightlifters have won two gold medals, four silver and a bronze in various weight divisions at the Games so far while keeping its fingers crossed for Simple Kaur Bumrah and Geeta Rani, who are in line-up of 85 kg division on Wednesday.

Indian Chef-De-Mission H J Hora said he had not been informed of any "scandal" related to drug abuse by any Indian contestant so far.

"Normally it takes 48 hours for results to be known. If any one tests positive, the athlete concerned is informed. None of our medal winning athletes has been notified on this count," said Dora, who is also the President of Indian Weightlifting Federation.

"I do not envisage any problem on this account since foolproof testing was adhered to before our athletes left the Indian shores," he said.

Meanwhile, John Harnden, Chief Executive Officer for the Games, said samples of all medal winners and some at random had been taken and sent to Sydney for tests.

"It is a long drawn process adhered to under the rules of WADA and we do not disclose either the positive or negative result of the tests to anyone other than the athlete concerned," Harnden told.

"The tests are being done at the Australian Sports Drug Test Laboratory in Sydney and they will inform the Games Medical Commission, which in turn deal with the Athlete concerned," Harnden said.

Indian Weightlifting Federation took preventive measures by subjecting its lifters to a series of dope checks in which top medal prospects like P Shailaja in 75 kg and B Prameelavalli in 63 kg were filtered out and the team reached the Games village without the two girls.

Even among the athletes, those suspected of drug abuse were suspended.

As many as 12 athletes were found missing from the National Institute of Sports, Patiala when the officials of World Anti-Doping Agency made a surprise visit to the camp last month.

First Published: Mar 21, 2006 15:51 IST