Six young athletes who participated in various sports at the Khelo India Youth Games failed dope tests, Indian Express reported.
It was discovered that the banned substances included chemicals that suppress estrogen, increased production of testosterone, drugs that boost oxygen in the blood, masking agents, stimulants and old-fashioned anabolic steroids.
The six athletes who failed dope tests were from archery, track and field, weightlifting and wrestling. Out of these, three are from wrestling and one each from the other sports.
The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted tests and collected a total of 476 samples during the second edition of Khelo India Youth Games conducted in January.
The director of NADA was quoted saying, “The dope control programme held during the Khelo India Games was intended to nip the doping menace in the bud.”
Khelo India Youth Games are the latest to be affected by the menace of doping. 12 players tested positive last year. Worrying sign considering young athletes are involved.https://t.co/R2vq3jkfdi
— Khelvidhi (@khelvidhi) March 7, 2019
With 32 test reports pending, there are chances of more positive cases to come out soon.
12 positive tests were recorded last year
Last year, there were 12 positive tests recorded during the 1st edition of the Khelo India Games. These athletes included five gold medallists – three from wrestling and one each from gymnastics and volleyball.
Navin Agarwal also quotes, “We carried out more tests this year, 476 as compared to 377 last year during Khelo India, and made anti-doping education mandatory for the young athletes.”
Recently, a 16-year old Javelin thrower and a high profile young athlete, Rohit Yadav, failed his dope test. Rohit, who had won a silver at the Asian Youth Athletics Championships in 2017, was tested positive for a banned steroid named stanozolol.
A top sports administrator recently claimed that doping is the biggest ill of Indian sport, especially among budding athletes.
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