Days after couple of CWG-bound athletes were found positive for banned substance, a member of women’s 4×100 relay team has failed to clear doping test and is set to be ruled out of the Commonwealth Games 2022. However, name of the athlete is yet not made public, sources have confirmed that a member of the relay team has tested positive and she will not be part of the squad heading to Birmingham.
After couple of athletes flunk the latest dope test, the women’s 4x100m relay team has been left with just four members. As per the rules, if an injury happens to the remaining four members, somebody from other track events will be roped in. The Athletics Federation of India had initially named Dutee Chand, Hima Das, Srabani Nanda, NS Simi, Sekar Dhanalakshmi and MV Jilna in the 37-member Indian athletics squad. But, Jilna was pulled out of the squad as Indian Olympic Association allocated a quota of just 36 athletes. Following Dhanalakshmi’s failed dope test results, Jilna was roped in once again.
Earlier, top-sprinter Dhanalakshmi and triple jumper Aishwarya Babu were dropped from the Indian team after returning two positive tests each for banned drugs. Notably, Dhanalakshmi failed two tests while Aishwarya returned positive in two in-competition tests. Reports have informed that Dhanalakshmi’s dope samples contained anabolic steroid while Ostraine, a type of drug called a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM), was found in Aishwarya’s samples taken on June 13 and 14 June during the National Inter-State Championships in Chennai.
Meanwhile, para discus thrower Aneesh Kumar and para powerlifter Geeta have also tested positive for banned substances. NADA officials collected the samples as it was concluded that Geeta tested positive for anabolic steroid while Kumar’s sample was found to contain diuretics and masking agent Hydrochlorothiazide.
A highly placed source at Paralympic Committee of India said that prohibited substance found in Kumar’s sample was due to the medicine he took for blood pressure though he did not apply for prior Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
“Aneesh has informed the NADA that the substance found in his sample was due to the medicine he took for blood pressure. Since he was not handed provisional suspension, we are hoping that he will be cleared for CWG. However, Geeta cannot go for CWG,” the source claimed.