Two-year ban for five athletes

Five Indian athletes including sprint champion Manish Singh of Haryana have been suspended for doping by the National Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel headed by Sudhir Nandrajog.

In a decision dated July 5, sprinters Vinita Sahni (UP), Alka Rani (UP), R Vignesh (Tamil Nadu) and Ranjana Roy (West Bengal) and Manish, have been handed a two-year ban from the date of their provisional suspension. All of them tested positive last year.

Manish, who created ripples with his men’s 100M victory pipping a clutch of top sprinters including national record holder Abdul Najeeb Qureshi and Shameer Mon, tested positive for steroids methandienone, methyltestosterone and stanozolol at the Kolkata Open Nationals in September last year.

He had pleaded for mercy, saying it was his first experience of being tested but has been banned from his provisional suspension date of October 7, 2011.

Vinita, who took silver in the women’s 100 metres at the Open National, tested positive for stanozolol, methylhexanemine and methyl testosterone. Her suspension will run from her provisional suspension date of October 7, 2011. 

Alka, a 400M silver medallist, tested positive for stanozolol, clenbuterol and stimulant mephentermine.  In her plea she had said that other athletes gave her some drink which contained the drug but the panel handed her the suspension from her provisional suspension date of October 7, 2011.

Vignesh, who won the bronze in the boys under-18 100 metres at the inter-zonal meet at Bhopal in September, tested positive for nandrolone and dexamethasone. He said he took it on medical advice but could not furnish any supporting evidence.

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