NADA conducts surprise raid at NIS Patiala, took dope samples

first_imgThe National Anti Doping Agency on Saturday conducted a surprise raid at the National Institute of Sports, 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 premises of NIS and searched rooms of the campers, besides taking urine samples. The raid started around 1300hrs.The raid and taking of samples was not directed to track and field athletes only but to all the campers at the NIS.”A four-member team raided NIS, searched the rooms of the campers there and took urine samples also for dope testing. Dr Ankush Gupta was the team leader and there was one lady officer of NADA also,” NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar told PTI.Bhatnagar, however, said that the raid was a part of the routine drive of NADA to increase monitoring of athletes from using performance-enhancing drugs.”It was not directed to track and field athletes. The team raided the rooms of other non track and field campers also and took samples from them. It was part of our routine drive under our increased vigilance to tackle doping,” he said.Eight track and field athletes tested positive for anbolic steroids in one of the worst doping scandals in the country and six of them trained at the NIS Patiala.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 quartermilers Jauna Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Panwar were training at NIS when they were caught for doping.– With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img

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