World Athletics is eagerly anticipating the report of the investigation carried out by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) regarding the recent Delhi State Athletics Meet. This event, which took place last month, drew global attention when several athletes abruptly left the competition as National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) officials unexpectedly appeared.
The occurrence left the international sports community astonished. During the men’s 100m event, only one athlete completed the race, while the others missed the opportunity to advance to the final. In a separate incident, a female athlete continued running even after crossing the finish line, pursued by a doping official.
Sebastian Coe, the President of World Athletics, who is presently in Mumbai to participate in the 141st Congress of the International Olympic Committee, stated
“I am waiting for a report on that, as is the Athletics Integrity Unit. I was travelling at the end of the season so I am waiting for a report from the Indian federation. Cheating is non-negotiable”. People now recognise that we take it extremely seriously, our testing systems are sounder and more extensive than ever. We have spent more than $8 million a year on the AIU, so people know we are very serious about maintaining the highest reputation.”
"Preparations" for the Delhi State Athletics meet in full swing. Video from JLN stadium that also houses the National Anti-Doping office.
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During the Delhi state meet, NADA representatives made an unexpected visit following the circulation of a viral video on social media. The video exposed the presence of used syringes in the restroom of the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where the event took place.
India’s current position in the global ranking for doping violations, as per information from the World Anti-Doping Agency, is second only to Russia, with a total of 59 reported violations.