Coach asked to submit report on athletes' "disappearance"

Sources told PTI that Bahadur has been asked by NADA to give a report in writing on Thursday next on what had happened when a NADA team reached the NIS for a surprise dope test before the July 29-30 All Star Athletics Meet in New Delhi.

Bahadur had then apparently told the officials in writing that few athletes were training abroad and four were on leave.

Bahadur, however, was not available for comments.
Sources said if NADA, which has begun investigation after reports of the "disappearance" of four lifters came out, can establish that the four athletes deliberately skipped dope tests, they may be removed from the Commonwealth Games core group camp and even be dropped from the Games athletics team.

NADA has also asked Sports Authority of India to investigate into the matter.
According sources, at least one of these four athletes was asked to stay away from the camp when the matter was brought to the notice of the NIS authorities last month.
But since it was not an "official suspension", the athlete subsequently competed in the National Inter-State Meet here early this month and won the event.

NIS Executive Director R S Ranawat was also not available for comments. The authorities here have banned the entry of media in the campus reportedly on the orders of SAI Director General.

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