CHENNAI: In one of the most embarrassing episodes in Indian sport this year, around 10 athletes have returned positive tests at the Kerala National Games held between January 31-February 14. It has been reliably learnt that most of them are from athletics.
Though the numbers are yet to be confirmed, it has been learnt there are a few weightlifters on the tainted list as well.
A top athletics federation official refused to comment on the matter.
However, the official did confirm that Rachana K M, who won silver for Punjab in hammer throw, tested positive for anabolic steroid. Name of Kerala athletes were also ruled out.
According to experts, until and unless the B samples are tested, the names cannot be made public because of legal and technical issues. “We cannot reveal any names as yet. Nor can we reveal our findings,” said one official.
As for the weightlifters, a top lifting official said he was not in a position to reveal details about the names. He, however, did not deny that there were positive cases.
According to a top doctor associated with the dope testing at the Games, around 512 urine samples and 118 blood samples were collected during the Games.
Blood samples were collected to test for EPO and blood hormones, usually used by endurance athletes.