Javelin throwers Kishore Jena, a silver medalist at the Asian Games, and D P Manu have recently become members of the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) administered by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), an international anti-doping organization in track and field. Neeraj Chopra, the Olympic champion, reigning world champion, and gold medalist at the Asian Games, has been part of the RTP for a while. The AIU’s announcement of Jena and Manu’s inclusion in the list for the first quarter of 2024 highlights the growing prominence of Indian javelin throwers on the global stage.
Kishore Jena and D P Manu are new additions on the list, indicating the rise of Indian javelin throwers at the world stage.
— Sportstar (@sportstarweb) January 1, 2024
Jena secured the fifth position in the 2023 World Championships held in Budapest, Hungary, where Chopra emerged victorious with a gold medal. Meanwhile, Manu claimed the sixth spot. This event marked a significant achievement as three Indian athletes finished within the top six in the javelin throw final, establishing a noteworthy record at the 2023 World Athletics Championships.
Currently, a total of seven Indian athletes are included in the Registered Testing Pool (RTP) of the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). Among them, Avinash Sable, a prominent 3000m steeplechaser, Annu Rani, a female javelin thrower, and long jumpers Murali Sreeshankar and Jeswin Aldrin are also featured on this list.
Athletes must allocate a 60-minute daily timeframe during which they are accessible for testing. Not appearing at the scheduled slot will result in a recorded “missed test,” while neglecting to provide this information constitutes a “whereabouts failure.” Accumulating three such failures or missed tests within a 12-month period will lead to a violation of anti-doping rules, possibly resulting in a two-year suspension.
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