After Wrestler Narsingh, Shot Putter Inderjeet Fails Dope Test

Shot putter Inderjeet Singh. Credit: PTI

Shot putter Inderjeet Singh. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: Just a few days after wrestler Narsingh Yadav was caught for doping, another athlete who had qualified for the Rio Olympics has failed a dope test. Shot putter Inderjeet Singh failed a dope test after his ‘A’ sample returned positive for a banned substance.

Twenty-eight-year-old Singh, the reigning Asian champion, tested positive for a banned steroid and he has been informed by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). His out-of-competition test was done on June 22, sources told PTI.

The NADA has asked the Haryana athlete, who had won a silver in the 2014 Asian Games, if he wants to test his ‘B’ sample and if so, to do this within seven days.

If the ‘B’ sample also tests positive, Singh will have to miss Olympics beginning August 5 in Rio, Brazil, besides facing the prospect of being banned for four years under the new WADA Code.

Singh is among a few athletes who does not train at the national camps, instead normally training on his own with a personal coach.

He was one of the first track and field athletes to have qualified for the Rio Olympics, having made the cut last year. He had a training stint earlier this year in the US through funding from the sports ministry’s Target Olympic Podium’ scheme.