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Setback: six wrestlers' dope flunk confirmed; B samples test positive

The six dope tainted wrestlers who last week had caused a major embarrassment to the country less than a month ahead of the Commonwealth Games also failed their 'B' sample tests conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency.

india Updated: Sep 07, 2010 01:45 IST

The six dope tainted wrestlers who last week had caused a major embarrassment to the country less than a month ahead of the Commonwealth Games also failed their 'B' sample tests conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency.

The 'A' samples of the six wrestlers taken by NADA at the Commonwealth Games trials had tested positive for stimulant methylhexanamine, which was added as a banned substance only this year by World Anti-Doping Agency.

Their 'B' samples also tested positive in NADA tests conducted on Saturday, sources said.

"All the six wrestlers have returned positive for methylhexanamine in the tests conducted on Saturday," the source said.

"As per the WADA Rules, they will appear before NADA Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel headed by a retired Sessions Judge. This panel will decide on sanction to be given to them," he said.

Four of them — men's freestyle wrestlers Rajiv Tomar (120kg), Sumit (74kg) and Mausam Khatri (96kg) and women's freestyle wrestler Gursharanpreet Kaur (72kg) — were removed from the Commonwealth Games squad.

Rahul Mann (60kg) and Joginder Singh (120kg) were the other two wrestlers. Three-time national champion Tomar was last month conferred the Arjuna Award.

It is learnt that shot putter Saurabh Vij, who was in the Commonwealth Games squad, and discus thrower Akash Antil have not yet turned up for their 'B' sample testing.

They have seven days from September 1, the date of announcement of the result.

Saina should aim for gold: Aparna

Mumbai: India's top shuttler Saina Nehwal should aim for nothing less than fetching the country its first women's gold medal at next month's Delhi Commonwealth Games, according to her predecessor Aparna Popat.

"She has to go for the gold medal. Nothing less will do. I don't think anyone can beat her (to the singles title)," said Aparna who carved a niche 12 years ago when the Games were first held in Asia — in Malaysia.

"I expect some challenge from players of Malaysia and Singapore, but not much. They may reach the semis but I feel Saina has the best chance (to win the gold). Not only me but every one would be disappointed if she does not clinch the (women's singles) gold medal," said the former shuttler.

India have never won a gold medal in women's singles in past Games. Both their badminton singles gold medals have been fetched by men — Prakash Padukone in 1978 at Edmonton (Canada) and the late Syed Modi in 1982 at Brisbane (Australia).

The 32-year-old Aparna, administrative manager of Indian Oil, won a silver medal when she lost to Kelly Morgan of Wales in the final of the Kuala Lumpur Games in 1998. She also helped the women's team win the bronze.

Aparna, who went on to win another individual bronze in the next Games at Manchester and lost in the quarter finals of the Melbourne Games four years ago before retiring from the shuttle game, expects a haul of at least four badminton medals from the October 3-14 Games.

I would love to come to India: Bolt

New Delhi: A back injury and an unfavourable timing of the event forced Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt to skip the Commonwealth Games but the Olympic gold-medallist said he would love to visit India some day.
"Based on the programme my coach has for me, the timing of the Commonwealth Games will conflict with preparations for next season," Bolt said via email.
"Normally October is the off season when athletes are resting. Since making this decision I picked up a back injury which puts me out anyway. I would like to come to India as I have never been there before," he added.
In June, the three-time world champion sprinter had decided not to compete at the October 3-14 Games here. The world's fastest man, who missed the 2006 Games due to injury, instead wanted to focus on the 2012 London Olympics.

Queen's baton to arrive in Indore

Indore: Queen's baton for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi will arrive here on September 16.

Cultural and sports events have been organised to mark the arrival of the baton, officials said adding that it will leave Indore the next day.

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