Panel moots sharper dope test in sports

Published on Aug 30, 2004 06:58 PM IST

The parliamentary standing panel has recommended properly planned scientific training and streamlining of dope testing procedures besides upgrading testing facilities.

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PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, New Delhi

With India's Olympic dream ending with one silver medal, many below par performances and the shame of doping, a parliamentary panel has expressed concern over the mess that plagues Indian sportspersons and the "indifference" shown by the government.

In its report tabled in parliament, the parliamentary standing panel on human resource development has recommended properly planned scientific training and streamlining of dope testing procedures besides upgrading testing facilities.

"More sports scientists should be deputed to efficiently put all sportspersons to dope testing - it should evolve mechanism so that the samples could not be tampered with," the panel said.

"The procedure has to be transparent and the punishment should be as per international norms."

The remarks come after two Indian weightlifters, Pratima Kumari and Sanamacha Chanu, were disqualified from the Olympics after they tested positive for dope, bringing shame to India just after ace shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore won the silver medal.

It was noted that every time an Indian contingent prepared to leave the country for a mega event, doping tests were hastily conducted on the athletes who "surprisingly do not test positive here but fail the test in international events."

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