WADA makes surprise visit to NIS, collects samples of lifters
Barely a month after Egyptian Magad Salama quit as Indian coach alleging doping by senior weightlifters, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has collected urine samples of nine lifters in a surprise visit.
A two-member team headed by WADA Dope Inspector Sajid Hashmat made a surprise visit at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) on Saturday and took samples of nine weightlifters and four athletes.
The team collected the urine samples of lifters Geeta Rani, Ranu Mohanti, Rajiv Tomar, Vinod Kumar, Parveen Shivalaya, Monica Devi, G. Elumalai, Santosh Kumar and Pardeep Singh.
The WADA team also took the samples of three athletes - Joseph Abraham (400m Hurdles), Abu Bakar (400m) and P.J. Vinod (Decathlon).
Apparently anticipating such a WADA team visit, only 28 weightlifters were present at the camp at that time. Two Punjab lifters have earlier left the camp while six from Andhra Pardesh did not attend the camp by giving excuse that they were busy with their examinations.
Sydney Olympics bronze medallist Karnam Malleswari, who was charged of doping by Magad Salama, was not in camp as she was on leave.
The visit of WADA team after the resignation of Magad Salama was imminent and after Sports Authority of India (SAI) had made it compulsory that the samples of all the campers should be taken for examination.