NADA Chief Challenges Inderjeet Singh's 'Tampering' Allegations
"The athlete is free to put up any defence. The allegations he levies on anyone can be heard by the panel," said the Director General of National Anti-Doping Agency.
New Delhi: Doping menace has once again raised its ugly head in India with two Rio Olympics-bound athletes - wrestler Narsingh Yadav and shot-putter Inderjeet Singh - tested positive and subsequently alleging conspiracy. But putting things in perspective, National Anti-Doping Agency's (NADA) Director General Navin Aggarwal has said that athletes who test positive are always given the opportunity to prove themselves by getting tested for a B Sample.
Inderjeet' A sample, taken in and out of competition in May this year, has been tested positive for two power-enhancing steroids. He is now alleging tampering with his blood sample, which the NADA chief has vehemently denied.
"As far as I know, there is no chance of any tampering because the system is pretty foolproof," Aggarwal said talking to CNN-News18.
"As far as conspiracy at some other level is concerned, the hearing panel or some of the agency, whosoever it would be, can take a view on that. But I haven't come across any proven case of conspiracy so far," he added, without naming the athlete.
The NADA head explained that the reason for doing a B-Sample test is primarily to rule out any chance of a false report and that the athlete is given the opportunity to have the B-sample testing done in his presence.
"I can say that one athlete has been tested positive for sample A and he has been given an opportunity with regard to sample B. He can give sample B and witness the seal himself, because the sealing is done in the presence of the athlete. He will be given an opportunity to see if the seal and all are intact, and the testing can also be done in his presence if he chooses to," Aggarwal said.
"Only when he has exercised his option B or waived it off, we will be able to say who the athlete is and what the issue is."
Earlier, Inderjeet had raised question marks over the integrity of WADA, claiming that he is being framed because some of the administrators fear that if he wins a medal in Rio, he may once again come out and speak against the system.
He also alleged that his sample may have been tampered with.
"All the allegations will be open to discussion during the panel hearings, which will be constituted after the sample-B exercise is done with. The athlete is free to put up any defence. The allegations he levies on anyone can be heard by the panel," the DG said.
Aggarwal said that he can guarantee the authenticity of testing since the NADA lab in India is one of the best in the world.
"I can assure you that our testing lab is an accredited lab. It is one of the few accredited labs in the world, able to detect even minute quantities [of banned drugs], even up to nanograms in a millilitre of sample.
"The whole mechanism of testing is very foolproof and I do not see any chance of any tampering; but should there be any, a sample-B test is done primarily to rule out any possibility of tampering."
And he concluded the interaction with a very strong statement.
"It is our responsibility to see that all the athletes who go for the Olympics or any national or international events, they are all clean. In India, we do not indulge in any kind of state-sponsored doping as you may have in some other countries."
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