Police, paramilitary athletes face one to two-year bans for doping

Apr 23, 2012, 09:14 IST | IANS

Six athletes from paramilitary and police forces have tested positive ahead of the 2012 London Olympics and face a ban for one to two years.

Caught before the sporting extravaganza could unfold, it has saved the country from a major embarrassment. The athletes, who participated in the 60th All India Police Athletics Championship (AIPAC) organised here between March 12 and 15 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, failed to clear the doping test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

“The reports of the six athletes — two from Punjab Police and one each from the Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Odisha Police —were found positive,” Rahul Bhatnagar, director general, NADA, told IANS. Expressing concern over the players failing the doping test, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) spokesperson Hemendra Singh said, “it is shameful for paramilitary and police forces that their personnel have been found positive for consuming prohibited substances during games.

“After getting good ranks in domestic level championships, including AIPAC, the names of the athletes are sent to the Olympic games. If they had failed to clear the dope test at the Olympics, it would have brought national shame. “I am ashamed that the number of positive samples of sportspersons participating from these forces are increasing. Such athletes must be punished.”

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