NADA conducts surprise check in Bhopal

July 16th, 2011 - 8:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 16 (IANS) The National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) Saturday conducted a surprise check at the Sports Authority of India centre in Bhopal.

NADA had already conducted search operations in Bangalore and Patiala following the positive tests of eight Indian athletes that has led to allegations of systemic doping.

The team reached Bhopal in the morning, searched the rooms and also collected urine samples.

“NADA send a team of officers from Delhi and Bhopal headed by Mr. Manpal Singh and included two technical officers and two lady Doping Control Officers to conduct surprise check in SAI Bhopal,” NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar said.

They collected 25 urine samples from sportsperson of various discipline.

Food supplements and other medicines found in rooms were also taken for testing.

NADA conducted surprise check at the Bangalore SAI Centre on July 6 and then three days later at National Institute of Sports, Patiala.

A weightlifting coach was removed and a junior weightlifter was asked to leave the Bangalore SAI campus after some banned drugs were found from one of the rooms.

They conducted a second search operation in Bangalore Monday and collected blood and urine samples of 91 athletes and checked medicine and food supplements.

Six of the athletes who tested positive trained in Patiala. Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose and Ashwini Akkunji, who were part of the 4×400m relay team that won the gold in the CWG and Asian Games last year, and three other quarter-milers Jauna Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Pawar trained under Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodnik, who has been sacked.

Sports Minister Ajay Maken has ordered an inquiry into the doping scandal by former Punjab and Haryana High Court chief justice Mukul Mudgal.

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