India’s Judo aspirations at the upcoming Hangzhou Asian Games suffered a setback as four Indian male judokas got entangled in a Doping Scandal. These Indian Judokas have recently tested positive for banned substances. These athletes were selected during the Asian Games trials held in April and also participated in the Dushanbe Grand Prix, which took place from June 2 to June 4 in Tajikistan. This shocking revelation has created an atmosphere of uncertainty and concern surrounding India’s judo prospects in the Asiad.
Prior to their departure for the Dushanbe Grand Prix, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted tests on the athletes at the Sporting Authority of India center. Out of the fourteen-member delegation sent by India, six male judokas were part of the team. Unfortunately, it was only after their participation in the Grand Prix that it was discovered that two of these judokas had tested positive for banned substances.
The weight categories represented by these four judokas now face the distressing possibility of being left without Indian representation at the Asian Games in October.
A coach stated regarding the matter,
“In one category, both the first and second-placed judokas are provisionally suspended.”
This development has put pressure on the Indian Olympic Association, Sporting Authority of India, and Judo Federation of India. These organizations will need to quickly explore potential last-minute replacements or face the difficult decision of leaving these categories unrepresented.