NADA hearing adjourned to Nov 3

During the hearing, RK Anand, the counsel for the athletes, moved an application seeking to cross examine the officials who were involved in the chain of custody of the dope samples, and the panel granted his request.

Twelve athletes had tested positive for methylhexaneamine in the samples taken during Commonwealth Games selection trials. But the NADA panel had lifted the provisional suspension imposed on all of them last month, after the WADA decided to shift the banned stimulant from ‘non-specified’ to ‘specified’ substance in the 2011 list of prohibited substances.

Four out of the six wrestlers who flunked the dope tests -- Rajiv Tomar, Mausam Khatri, Sumit and Gursharanpreet Kaur -- missed the just-concluded Commonwealth Games as they were dropped from the squad.

Tomar, Khatri and Kaur have now been named in the squad for next month’s Asian Games though the Wrestling Federation of India said they would be removed if the NADA panel imposes ban on them.

Rahul Mann and Joginder Singh are the other two wrestlers facing the NADA hearing. Swimmers Richa Misra and Jyotsana Pansare were included at the last minute in the CWG squad while Amar Muralidharan was not in the CWG squad. Shot Putter Shaurabh Vij was the third dope-tainted athlete to take part in the CWG.

Haryana discus thrower Aakash Antil and weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu were the other athletes who tested positive for methylhexaneamine.

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