In a shocking turn of events, top-sprinter S Dhanalakshmi and triple jumper Aishwarya Babu has been reportedly ruled of the upcoming Commonwealth Games after failing a dope test and testing positive for a banned substance. The 24-year old Dhanalakshmi returned positive for a banned steroid in a dope test conducted abroad by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) of the World Athletics.
The top-notch sprinted was named in the CWG team for 100m and the 4*100m relay team along with the likes of Dutte Chand, Hima Das and Srabani Nanda. She was also named in the Indian team for the ongoing World Championships in Eugene, USA but the athlete failed to make it the showpiece due to visa problems. Dhanalakshmi had recorded a personal best time of 22.89 seconds to win 200m gold at the Qosanov Memorial Athletics Meet on June 26. She had become only the third Indian woman to run sub-23s, after national record holder Saraswati Saha (22.82s) and Hima Das (22.88s).
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Aishwarya’s dope sample, which was taken by the NADA officials during the National Inter-State Athletics Championship in Chennai last month, had also returned a positive result. “Triple jumper Aishwarya Babu’s sample, taken during the National Inter-State Championships, has returned positive,” source close to the development informed. Earlier, Aishwarya had smashed the triple jump national record with a stunning effort of 14.14m to establish herself as an undisputed star of the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championships (June 10-14) in Chennai.