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After wrestlers, Indian shot putter Inderjeet fails dope test

Inderjeet Singh from Haryana, a state in north India, had won a silver in the 2014 Asian Games and made the cut for Rio Olympics 2016 last year itself. Photograph: (PTI)

PTI New Delhi, Delhi, India Jul 26, 2016, 03.30 AM (IST)
Just a few days after wrestlers Narshing Yadav and Sandeep Yadav were caught for doping, another athlete who qualified for the Rio Olympics, shot putter Inderjeet Singh, has failed a dope test. His 'A' sample returned positive for a banned substance.

Inderjeet, 28, 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 said.

The NADA has asked the athlete from Haryana, a state in north India, who had won a silver in the 2014 Asian Games if he wants to test his 'B' sample. If he does, he must do so within seven days.

If the 'B' sample also tests positive he will have to miss Rio Olympics, which start on August 5. He will also face the prospect of being banned for four years under the new World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code.

Inderjeet is one of those athletes who do not train at the national camps. He normally trains on his own with his personal coach.

He is one of the first track and field athletes who qualified for the Rio Olympics, as he made the cut in 2015. He had a training stint earlier this year in the United States under the funding of the Sports Ministry's Target Olympic Podium (TOP) scheme.

(PTI)
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