Over 100 athletes flunk dope tests

Recently, 18 players, including Commonwealth Games squad members, had failed the dope test with 12 of them testing positive for the same substance -- Methylhexanamine.

Talking to reporters, Rahul Bhatnagar, Joint Secretary (International Sports Division), said not only CWG disciplines but players from other sport are also in the list.“Overall, 2,047 samples were collected from January to August and 103 of them turned out to be positive. We have informed WADA about this,” Bhatnagar, who is also Director General of the National Anti-Doping Agency, said.

On being asked how most of the players are testing positive for Methylhexamanine, Bhatnagar said that is not the case. “Out of 103, only 12 have tested positive for Methylhexamanine. In others stallonzone, nandrolone and diuretics were found.
“Methylhexamanine is a recent phenomenon, it is not clear if they all were taking the same thing,” he said.

Bhatnagar also shot down the excuse of players such as weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu that they consumed supplements recommended by the coaches.“WADA rules are clear that if something is found from the body of an athlete, he/she is responsible for that. Ultimately they are responsible for what they are eating.”

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