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Mistaken identity did Joginder in

What's in a name? A lot if you are the Indian sports ministry writing to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) about dope offenders. Saurabh Duggal reports.

other Updated: Sep 04, 2010 00:09 IST
Saurabh Duggal
Saurabh Duggal
Hindustan Times

What's in a name? A lot if you are the Indian sports ministry writing to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) about dope offenders.

In a major goof-up triggered by the ministry's failure to give correct details, freestyle wrestler Joginder Kumar was thought to be a dope offender on Thursday.

On Friday it emerged that the actual offender was Joginder Singh, the Graeco-Roman wrestler.

"In the ministry's mail yesterday it was mentioned that Joginder of freestyle wrestling was found dope positive. However, they have rectified it today by mailing us that it was Joginder Singh of Greco Roman category," said WFI president G.S. Mandher.

Joginder was ranked second behind Rajiv Tomar in the selection trials for the 120 kg division. Since both Tomar and Joginder were named offenders, Parveen, who came third in the trials, was included in the Commonwealth Games squad.

But now that Joginder's name has been cleared, Parveen will have to sit out.

A relieved Joginder Kumar said, "I couldn't sleep properly the entire night and was thinking again and again about what's left for me now. I slept late at around 2 am and got up early in the morning at around 6:30 am.

"I was not worried about being dropped from the squad. My concern was the stigma that would be attached to my name. But I am thankful to God that my name has been cleared."

"As I was sure I had not consumed any prohibited substance, I went to NADA office in the morning to check the facts. I was relieved to hear that it was not me. After that, I got a call from the federation office."

This is not the first time such a mistake has happened.

"During the 2001 National Games, Satish Kumar of Punjab was found dope positive but because of miscommunication, Bengal's Satish Kumar's name was deleted from the Asian Games squad. Finally he had to miss the Games," said Mahavir Singh, a coach at the national camp.

"But Joginder is lucky that his name has been cleared today, the last day for naming the squad for Commonwealth Games. Had it taken even a day more, it would have been impossible to include his name."

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