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Tuesday 30, Nov 2010

  Three Indian weightlifters test positive for doping

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Three Indian weightlifters test positive for dopingMale lifters Harbhajan Singh and Rajesh Kumar and female Bijaya Devi were caught in World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) tests at training camp for the Commonwealth championships taking the positive tests to five.

This disclosure was made by Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) secretary Baldev Gulati. With these doping results, the national body is now facing another suspension.

India has repeatedly faced embarrassment because of doping among weightlifters and the national weightlifting body was banned in 2004 and 2006 due to three or more lifters testing positive in a calendar year.

Tuesday 20, Oct 2009

  India faces possible suspension due to failed doping tests of lifters

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India faces possible suspension due to failed doping tests of liftersAccording to Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) secretary Baldey Gulati, three more weightlifters tested positive for anabolic steroids use at a training camp for the Commonwealth championships.

Male lifters Harbhajan Singh, Rajesh Kumar and female Bijaya Devi failed the anti-doping tests conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The three were an addition to last month’s two weightlifters that also tested positive for anabolic steroids use. Shailajah Pujari, a gold medalist at the 75kg women’s division at the 2002 Commonwealth Games and Vicky Batta, a 56kg weightlifter initially filled the list of Indian weightlifters who tested positive for banned substances.

Last Thursday, Gulati told reporters that he was dumbfounded to find all those five weightlifters tested positive for some kind of anabolic steroids.

What is even more suspicious is that all five athletes tested for the same type of anabolic steroids in the same quantum.

India faces another possible suspension of their national body. The body was previously banned in 2004 followed by a second ban in 2006, because more than three lifters tested positive in one calendar year.

All competitors who tested positive requested their B samples to be tested. They have all denied taking any forms of anabolic steroids.