Sprinter Dharambir banned for life; Rio dreams shattered

03 Aug 2016 | By Rishikesh Malkhede
Shame for India ahead of the Olympics

Indian sprinter Dharambir Singh was handed a life ban by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

AFI collected his urine samples during the Inter state meet last month, and they tested positive for banned substances.

The 27-year old national-record holder was the first male athlete from India to qualify for the Olympics in the 200m event after a gap of 36 years.

In context: Shame for India ahead of the Olympics

Ban and reliefNarsingh Yadav fails drug test; cleared by NADA

Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav was suspended after he tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid.

However, he claimed that it was foul play and that he was a victim of sabotage.

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted an investigation and gave him a clean chit. He even got a go ahead from the United World Wrestling (UWW) to participate in the Rio Olympics.

Narsingh awaiting WADA clearance

After receiving go ahead from NADA and UWW, Narsingh is now awaiting a go ahead from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to participate in the Rio Olympics. WADA has asked for his case file from NADA and will take the decision after reviewing it.
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Inderjeet Singh fails drug test

Another one tests positiveInderjeet Singh fails drug test

Indian shot-putter Inderjeet Singh tested positive for banned steroids androsterone and etiocholanolone.

His 'sample A' was tested positive earlier and then a second test was conducted on 'sample B' which also tested positive.

The national champion might face a four-year ban imposed by the World Anti Doping Agency.

Hopes for competing in the Rio Olympics have ended for Inderjeet.

Inderjeet claims foul play

Inderjeet said, "This is a conspiracy and there is something wrong in it. My sample has been tampered with. Why would a player take something which is not good for his health."

03 Aug 2016Sprinter Dharambir banned for life; Rio dreams shattered

Second offence by Dharambir

Dharambir tested positive for an anabolic steroid, Stanozolol in 2012 and was banned for two years. He then made a come back in 2014 and went on to set the national record in 2015. He qualified for the Rio Olympics on 10 July 2016.