Nearly eight Indian athletes have failed the dope test-by
testing positive for banned substances. The prominent ones include Sini Jose,
Mandeep Kaur, Tiana Mary Thomas, Priyanka Panwar and Ashwini Akkunji.
Ashwini Akkunji and
were to be part of the 4x400m relay team at the Asian Championships
that is currently happening in Japan. Now two
other athletes will take their place. The 37-member Indian contingent has left
for Kobe in Japan without these tainted women.
The athletes have been summoned by National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA)
will be facing a panel in Delhi besides undergoing 'B sample' tests.
Some of the substances that they have tested positive for include stanzolol,
methandienone, epimethandiol and other anabolic
Of particular interest is the case of Sini Jose
, who was a member of the Indian quartet that won a gold
for 4x400m relay in the Commonwealth games and the Asian Games. Sini has been
suspended for the abuse of anabolic steroids.
The golden quartet
Mandeep kaur, manjeet kaur, sinimol jose and ashwini were the toast of the
nation when they won the gold in the 2010 commonwealth games in New Delhi and
later repeated their sterling performance at the Asian Games in China.
These girls who were from rural background made every
Indian proud of their dedication and achievements.
Therefore, it came as a huge shock when they fell into the dope net
and tarnished Indian sports
Even the British media
seem shocked over the shame involving India's golden
girls. "That landmark success of Indian women's 4x400m relay team in the
CWG & Asian Games has been tarnished with the news that three of the four
members of the team have failed drug tests over the last few days," it
As part of this disaster
mitigation mission Ajay Makken
sports minister of India has sacked Yuri Ogorodonik,
the national track and
field coach, who was instrumental in training the six
suspended 400 m runners.
"It's happened out of sheer ignorance on the
part of the athletes, who are generally from rural areas, or not very highly
educated," says India's sports minister Ajay Maken.
Akkunji claims she is innocent. "I will
prove it. I won't let my years of blood and sweat be tainted, "she says.
has tested positive for the performance enhancing methandienone
, a drug that functions like testosterone.
The story of women
especially in the field of sports in the recent past has
raised a few eyebrows. Even the media had previously reported on a few excesses
both on and off the track --of a broken vial seen in an athlete's dressing room
or that of a stray syringe in another, but up until now the offenders have
managed to dodge the net.
When Best Is Not Enough
it is here we need to take a peek at the 2009 confessional autobiography of British sprinter Dwain Chambers called "Race
Against Me: My story
Chambers found that his best was not good enough to beat his American
competitors he found refuge in tetrahydrogestrinone ( THG), a
performance-enhancing drug. When tested positive for THG,
he had to serve a two-year ban and continues to be ostracised
from European athletics meetings. The slur to his character remains.
Modern day athletes are smart go-getters
and not naive as projected by Makken. Their fast
leap to glory in a short span of time, particularly after the arrival of east -European coaches
have indeed been
Emerging evidence points to a silent
conspiracy between India's sports establishment and the athletes.
the midst of all this the nation suffers the ignominy while India's dream of
track and field Olympic medals may always remain a dream..!