NEW DELHI: Athletics, weightlifting and wrestling continue to shame the country with a total of 74 athletes in these three disciplines failing the dope test for banned substances in the period between 2019-2020, National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has revealed.
Athletics accounted for a maximum 39 anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs), followed closely by weightlifting (23) and wrestling (12). Not far behind, boxing, judo and kabaddi are the other big contributors to the doping menace in Olympic sports with eight positive cases each.
Among the non-Olympic able-bodied sports, powerlifting tops the doping chart with 21 violations. Rowing, too, figures prominently in this unwanted list with 22 adverse analytical findings (AAF). But, this data on rowing comes from one single out-of-competition testing carried out by NADA on July 27, 2019.
TOI had, in its edition dated June 23, 2019, exclusively reported about 22 members of the national under-18 rowing squad failing the drug test for probenecid at the national camp in Hyderabad. This was also one of the biggest dope catches for NADA from a single sports discipline since its inception in 2005.
During the accounting period, a whopping 177 athletes were handed out punishment by the NADA’s anti-doping disciplinary panel (ADDP) for resorting to doping, while deciding a total of 180 cases.
The latest data is part of NADA’s annual report for the period between April 2019 to March 2020, during which the country’s anti-doping watchdog performed a total of 3858 dope tests on sportspersons and handed out provisional suspension to 107 athletes across 46 Olympic and non-Olympic disciplines.
NADA has compiled the data of dope testing and anti-doping rule violations as on July 20, 2020. During this period between April 2019 to July 2020, NADA carried out a total of 1981 in-competition and 1877 out-of-competition testing.