Eight-years ban on Dharambir Singh
He was the first male Indian sprinter to qualify for the Olympics in 36 years, and was scheduled to participate in the 200-metre event at the Games.
Bringing an end to the career of Haryana Sprinter Dharambir Singh, National anti-doping agency (NADA) has issued an eight-year ban to the player.
Singh was barred from representing the country in the Rio Olympics 2016 at the last minute for failing a dope test. He was the first male Indian sprinter to qualify for the Olympics in 36 years, and was scheduled to participate in the 200-metre event at the Games.
However, in July, the Haryana-based athlete had tested positive for an anabolic steroid in an in-competition test conducted by the NADA during the Indian Grand Prix Meet in Bengaluru.
An official told media agency, “Dharambir has been handed an eight-year ban as this was his second offence, NADA has intimated the ban on Dharambir to IAAF and Wada.” He was stripped of the gold medal he had won during the National Inter-State Championships in 2012 for not undergoing a compulsory drug test.
Reportedly, Singh was earlier stripped of his gold medal won in 100m race during the National Inter-State Championships in 2012 for evading a mandatory dope test.
Dharambir Singh had breached the 200m Olympics entry standard of 20.50 secs by clocking 20.45 secs -- a national record --in the fourth Indian Grand Prix in Bengaluru on July 11, the last day of qualification, which was hastily arranged by the Athletics Federation of India to give the athletes a chance to make it to the Rio Games.
It was his impressive timing which raised suspicions in some quarters as he has been erratic in his performance for some time and has been training outside the national camp in Rohtak with his personal coach.