Indian lifters in dope scandal again
IT'S JUST not turning out to be the right Games for India out here. After charges of indecent and unlawful assault against a masseur a day before the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony, now tales of drug abuse are doing the rounds.
Even as Indian delegates here were busy hosting the Indian Gala Night at the Town Hall on Thursday, the grapevine was abuzz with the news that two Indian lifters had tested positive.
Two days ago, HT had reported that one lifter had tested positive (though our officials had feigned ignorance) --- now we know there are two.
After Tejinder Singh (+85kg), it's reliably learnt that Edwin Raju, too, tested positive in the 56kg.
According to sources, the lifters were 'checked out' at the SAI lab in New Delhi. So the positive test in Melbourne is surprising, one for a steroid, the other an unknown (banned) salt.
Chef-de-Mission and Indian Weightlifting Federation chief, HJ Dora, was not willing to say anything. It is believed that the CGF will officially announce the results only after "formalities are complete", possibly after the Games are over.
Finally, after several queries, Dora said he, too, had heard rumours but could not confirm them. Interestingly, Tejinder withdrew from his event two days before it took place. He couldn't have done that without the knowledge of the Indian officials.
Meanwhile, CGF officials indicated one lifter had tested positive. May be two? "Don't know," was the answer. The tainted lifters flew back to India on Wednesday night.