- Davinder Singh Kang was recently cleared of doping charges.
- Kang was handed a provisional suspension in 2017 after his urine samples returned positive for anabolic steroids.
- Kang was a last-minute inclusion in the team despite not qualifying for his chosen events this season.
Javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang, who has recently been cleared of doping charges by the Athletics Integrity Unit of the world governing body, made a return to the Indian team as he was named among 43 athletes for the Asian Championships starting in Doha on April 21.
The 30-year-old Kang was handed a provisional suspension in 2017 after his urine samples returned positive for anabolic steroids. But he was recently cleared of doping charges by both the AIU and WADA after the National Dope Testing Laboratory here withdrew the adverse analytical finding issued to his urine sample.
The AIU has issued a decision in the case of India javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang. https://t.co/cBkQOqSHT4— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) March 13, 2019
The athlete is no longer subject to a provisional suspension and may compete with immediate effect. @afiindia @iaaforg @asianathletics @wada_ama #AIUupdate #AIUNews pic.twitter.com/rTwiiaUfi0
A Brief about Davinder Singh Kang
Kang, who has a personal best of 82.16m, did not touch the qualifying standard of 80.75m set by the Athletics Federation of India in any of the two events he took part this season after being cleared of the doping charges. But was named in the team in the last minute.
Congratulations Davinder Singh Kang for becoming the first Indian to qualify for the Javelin throw finals World Championship. Proud of you! pic.twitter.com/eW9Uk4I4py— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 11, 2017
He finished fifth with a throw of 79.31m in the Federation Cup in March while he managed 74.28m to win gold in the National Javelin Thrown Open Championships on Tuesday in Sonipat.
The 43-member Indian team will not have star javelin thrower and national record holder Neeraj Chopra, who won gold in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games, due to an elbow injury.
The Asian Athletics Championship 2019 squad
The AFI had earlier announced a 51-member team for the continental flagship event to be held in Doha from April 21-24 but as many as 23 were named in the list subject to confirmatory trials which were held at Patiala on April 13. On Wednesday, the team was pruned down to 43.
Asian Games 800m gold winner Manjit Singh, who did not turn up for trials due to injury, has been replaced by Kerala’s Mohammad Afsal who had clocked 1:49.01 in the first leg of the Indian Grand Prix in Patiala as against the qualifying standard of 1:48.00.
In the women’s 4x400m really, Prachi was included in the team in place of Jisna Mathew.
Veteran steeplechaser Sudha Singh, who also missed the confirmatory trials due to illness, was named by the AFI but it is learnt that the Sports Ministry has refused to clear her name.
“The AFI has booked Sudha’s flight tickets for Doha and so has again requested the ministry to clear her,” a well-placed source told PTI.
Women’s 10,000m runner Sanjivani Jadhav, who recently returned positive for a specified substance but was named in the team subject to clearance by the NADA, got the nod and she made it among the 43 athletes.
As expected the women’s 100m relay team of Dutee Chand, Hina, Archana Suseendran and K Ranga made it to the team after the quartet clocked 44.12 seconds in the trials as against the AFI qualifying standard of 44.50 seconds.
In the trials, besides the women’s 4x400m relay team, only K Gomathi (women’s 800m) crossed the qualifying standards set by the AFI.
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