Inderjeet suspended

Following a long-drawn case lasting more than one-and-a-half years, a National Anti-Doping Agency Disciplinary Panel on Wednesday suspended former Asian champion and Asian Games bronze medallist Inderjeet Singh for four years for a doping violation.

Shot putter Inderjeet, who was tested twice on June 22 and June 29, 2016 out-of-competition and in a competition respectively, tested positive for banned steroids and was provisionally suspended by NADA.

The case moved on from one panel to another as the athlete strongly contested NADA’s claims on several grounds, including departures from the established international standards in sample collection, analysis and chain of custody.

The athlete’s counsel, Anish Dayal, highlighted that there were inconsistent readings between ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples, technical error on analyser which was the main equipment for the IRMS test, possible microbial degradation and several other issues.

The NADA counsel, however, rejected Inderjeet’s arguments on the ground that there was no apparent inconsistency in readings between the ‘A’ and ‘B’ samples.

Inderjeet, who will turn 30 in October, will serve four years of suspension from the date of his provisional suspension about a year ago.

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