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Doping: NADA raids SAI's Bangalore centre

Jul 11, 2011 10:59 AM IST India India

Bangalore: The government's crackdown on doping in Indian sports continued on Monday when the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted raids at the Sports Authority of India's centre in Bangalore.

The raid, which was conducted at 8 a.m. on Monday, was made by a team of four NADA officials headed by NADA Project Officer Dr. V Jayaraman.

The team checked 51 rooms in the hostels - 30 women and 21 men - and collected samples of food supplements and other medicines from four rooms, which were sealed, NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar said in a statement.

Twenty urine samples of weightlifters and swimmers were also taken on a random basis and will be sent to National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) for testing, Bhatnagar added.

Jayaraman said that the NADA team searched rooms of 90 athletes, including those of two coaches.

"We conducted searches on 90 athletes, including some Indian hockey team players. Random urine samples were also taken and the results will be known later," he said.

The raid was part of the countrywide crackdown on doping in sports following the recent doping scandal involving eight Indian track and field athletes.

NADA also said that such raids will be conducted in other SAI Centres in the coming days.

"NADA will continue its drive against doping in sports in the country and surprise checks will be carried out at other centres where athletes are training," said Bhatnagar.

Earlier on Saturday, NADA also conducted a surprise raid at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala and took samples from the campers in the backdrop of the doping scandal in athletics.

A four-member NADA team, headed by doctor Ankush Gupta, raided the NIS premises in Patiala and searched rooms of the campers, besides taking urine samples. The raid and taking of samples was not directed to track and field athletes only but to all the campers at the NIS.

Eight track and field athletes have tested positive for anbolic steroids in one of the worst doping scandals to hit the country.

Sports Minister Ajay Maken has ordered an inquiry by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice Mukul Mudgal to probe into the doping scandal.

(With agency inputs)