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Doping: NADA raids SAI's Bhopal office

Jul 16, 2011 10:06 AM IST India India

New Delhi: Firm on bringing an end to the doping menace in Indian sports, a National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) team on Saturday raided the Sports Authority of India (SAI) offices in Bhopal.

The team included five NADA officials and is expected to collect urine samples of the campers and search the office for presence of any banned substances.

The crackdown is part of a series of raids conducted over the past week.

While on July 11 the SAI's Bangalore centre came under the NADA scanner, the first of these surprise raids was conducted on July 9 when the agency's officials searched the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala.

Besides checking the premises at these places, the team also collected urine samples of players across all sports camping at those centres.

The worst scandal to hit the country came to light when eight track and field athletes tested positive for anabolic steroids at NIS in an out-of-competition test.

Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose and Ashwini Akkunji, who were part of the 4x400m relay quartet that won gold in the Commonwealth and Asian Games last year, and three other quarter-milers Juana Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Panwar were training at NIS when they were caught for doping.

Of the other two dope-tainted athletes, long-jumper Hari Krishnan Muralidharan trained at Pune while Sonia was not in any national camp.