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Friday 10, Oct 2014

  Chinese Hammer Throw Champion Stripped Of Gold

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Zhang Wenxiu, women’s hammer throw champion from China, has been stripped of gold medal at the Asian Games after she failed a drugs test.

Zhang’s positive test is the first time that a Chinese athlete has tested positive during an Asian Games since Hiroshima 1994 Games. During 1994 Games, 11 members of the Chinese swimming and cycling teams who won a total of 15 titles between them were disqualified after they failed tests for Dihydrotestosterone.

The 28-year old won her third straight Asian Games title on September 28 by making a Games record of 77.33 meters. According to a statement by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), the pre-competition urine specimen of the Olympic bronze medalist collected on September 26 was found to contain Zeranol and its metabolite (ß-Zeranol), a prohibited substance in the WADA [World Anti-Doping Agency] Prohibited List 2014. Zeranol, a semi-synthetic estrogenic veterinary drug with growth-promoting properties, is a non-specified substance under category S1.2, “Other Anabolic Agents”.

The statement was signed by Dr M Jegathesan, chairman of the OCA Medical Committee and Anti-Doping Commission. It added that the hammer throw champion has been disqualified from the competition as well as these Games and as such his accreditation cancelled and her gold medal has been withdrawn. The statement added these findings will now be forwarded to the competitor’s national authorities, the Asian Athletics Association and the IAAF [International Association of Athletics Federations], and the World Anti-Doping Agency for further action on their part as per sanctions concerning eligibility.

Zhang won the Olympic bronze medal at Beijing 2008 and also won the hammer title at Doha 2006 and Guangzhou 2010. She also won bronze medals at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships at Osaka in 2007, Daegu 2011, and Moscow 2013. Wang Zheng, the compatriot of Zhang, who finished second, is now set to be elevated to gold while Bala Manju of India will now win silver and Masumi Aya of Japan will be promoted to bronze.

Tajikistan footballer Khurshed Beknazarov was the first athlete to be banned during the Incheon 2014 Asian Games. The 20-year-old defender tested positive for Methylhexaneamine, according to an announcement by the Olympic Council of Asia. The adverse urine sample was collected on September 14 shortly after 1-0 victory of Tajikistan over Singapore.

Wushu player Tai Cheau Xuen was then stripped of her Asian Games gold medal after she tested positive for banned drugs. The 22-year-old tested positive for Sibutramine, the banned stimulant (often found in diet and slimming pills) that prompted the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) to take away the gold medal she had won in the nanquan and nandao all-round event. Xuen was disqualified from the Games and her accreditation was canceled. Findings of her positive drug test will be forwarded to the International Wushu Federation, the Wushu Federation of Asia, and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Indonesia’s Juwita Niza Wasni will be promoted to gold and Wei Hong of China will take silver and Ivana Ardelian Irmanto of Indonesia will take the bronze position.

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Monday 11, Mar 2013

  Olympic-Winning Indian Boxer Likely To Face Doping Test

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Olympic-Winning Indian Boxer Likely To Face Doping Test

Indian boxer and super heavyweight pugilist Ram Singh, who is under detention in a multi-million dollar drug racket, has claimed that he and Olympics bronze medalist boxer Vijender Singh had tried drugs, but just for the sake of “adventure”.

Singh went on to admit that he and Vijender were in constant touch with drug smuggler Anoop Singh Kahlon, a former shot putter, who was arrested on March 7, police said. Ram Singh also claimed that they had taken a very small quantity of drugs, less than two grams each and were not habitual takers of drugs and just tried it for adventure and not to improve stamina or performance. He also remarked that he and Vijender Singh met drug dealer Anoop Singh Kahlon 3-4 times since December.

Twenty-six kilograms of heroin was recovered by police that was worth Rs. 130 crores in the international market, from the possession of Kahlon and he reportedly told the police that Vijender Singh and Ram Singh were his “clients”. Kahlon said boxer Vijender was in touch with some Mumbai celebrities, who were regulars in rave parties and took drugs while Ram Singh said we did not pay anything to Kahlon for drugs. Ram, a former National Championships medalist, later retracted from his statement and said he and Vijender Singh took drugs thinking it was food supplement.

It was further revealed that Ram Singh drove Vijender’s Ford Endeavor, registered in Vijender’s wife’s name, to Kahlon’s Zirakpur apartment, where the keys to the boxer’s SUV were found. Officials of the India’s National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, have expelled Ram Singh from their hostel as he has confessed before the Punjab Police about taking drugs. It is believed that Vijender had allegedly promoted Ram Singh in various platforms by using his influence and the two were close friends and roommates at NIS for about six years. NIS director L S Ranawat said Ram Singh was the 51st member of the boxing camp and we had given him special permission on the recommendation of Vijender Singh.

Replying to the accusations, Vijender said he had nothing to do with drugs and is ready to join investigations at any point of time and also ready to undergo any kind of dope test. Vijender Singh has never failed a drug test earlier. A DSP rank officer with Haryana police, Vijender Singh, said he may have met Kahlon but don’t know him personally or directly and said his name is unnecessarily being dragged into this drug smuggling scandal. Vijender will be questioned either at the Haryana Police headquarters in Panchkula or the Punjab Police headquarters in Chandigarh, according to highly placed sources in the Punjab Police. He had contacted the Punjab Police through Haryana Police officials and agreed to be questioned. It is believed that he will be called for a dope test soon.

Vijender Singh Beniwal was coached by the Indian Boxing Coach Gurbaksh Singh Sandhu and won the bronze medal at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha after losing the semifinal bout against Kazakhstan’s Bakhtiyar Artayev. He defeated Carlos Góngora of Ecuador 9–4 at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics in the quarterfinals which guaranteed him a bronze medal that was the first ever Olympic medal for an Indian boxer. In 2009, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced him as the top-ranked boxer in its annual middleweight category list with 2800 points.

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Tuesday 06, Dec 2011

  Olympic weightlifting champion banned

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Liao Hui, the Chinese Olympic weightlifting champion, has been suspended for nearly three years for doping.

The announcement was made by the state news agency Xinhua that also suggested that Hui would be missing the London Games.

Xinhua said Liao appeared on a list of 10 banned weightlifters issued by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) and will be suspended until September 30, 2014.

Monday 03, Oct 2011

  Two-year ban likely for three Indian athletes

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The prospect of a two-year ban loomed large for Asian Games and Commonwealth Games medalist Sini Jose, Jauna Murmu, and Tiana Mary Thomas.

This was after their ‘B’ samples too tested positive for anabolic steroids.

 The disciplinary panel, headed by Justice Dinesh Dayal, will be finalizing the dates for the hearing soon.

Wednesday 28, Sep 2011

  Ashwini Blames Food Supplements

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Aswini Akkunji, the disgraced athlete involved in the latest doping scandal, believes consumption of food supplements supplied to her and other athletes by athletics coach, Yuri Ogorodnik, would have been the reason for the failed dope test.

Akkunji remarked she is innocent as far as consumption of performance enhancing drugs is concerned.

The coach, Ogorodnik, already has denied his involvement with supplying steroids to the athletes. “I only brought medals for India, not drugs,” he claimed.

Wednesday 21, Sep 2011

  NADA and AFI resolve jurisdictional issue

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The issue of jurisdictional overlapping between Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) over the disciplinary hearing of dope tainted athletes Mandeep Kaur and Jauna Murmu was resolved with the AFI deciding to transfer the case to NADA.

NADA had written a letter to the AFI to transfer the case to its disciplinary panel after receiving a clarification from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The issue was resolved after NADA said the tainted duo had also tested positive in the test conducted by it.

Saturday 03, Sep 2011

  AFI ready to cooperate with probe panel

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AFI ready to cooperate with probe panelThe Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has said that it is ready to cooperate with the probe panel set up by the sports ministry.

The AFI is under fire after the doping scandal that rocked the country.

“We have also instituted our internal inquiry on the doping episode. The three-member committee will submit preliminary report within a month and final report within three months,” Dogra said.

Saturday 20, Aug 2011

  Asiad gold winner tests positive

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Asiad gold winner tests positiveTwo more female athletes from India have tested positive to an anabolic steroid, taking the count of doping accused to eight.

The two athletes are Ashwini Akkunji and Priyanka Panwar. Akkunji was a Gold medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Asian Games.

Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medalists Sini Jose and Mandeep Kaur last week flunked the tests conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency.