Double blow to India at Rio: Shot putter Inderjeet too fails dope test
With India grappling to counter dope allegations on wrestler Narsingh Yadav, India’s prospects at Rio Olympics 2016 were dealt another major blow when it came to the fore that shot putter Inderjeet Singh too has flunked a dope test. Two back-to-back doping allegations have literally taken the sheen away from India’s Rio Olympics 2016.
Inderjeet, a bronze medallist in 2014 Incheon Asian Games, was the first Indian track and field athlete to qualify for the upcoming summer Games starting August 5.
According to sources, the 28-year-old Inderjeet’s out-of-competition test was done on June 22. He was found positive for two banned substances androsterone and etiocholanolone.
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has asked Inderjeet Singh to get his ‘B’ sample tested immediately as time is running out.
If his ‘B’ sample also tests positive, he will miss the bus to Rio, reducing the Indian contingent further to 118.
Inderjeet, however, claimed innocence and said it was a conspiracy against him.
“This is a serious conspiracy against me. Why would someone do such silly things just before an Olympics,” he said over the phone.