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Anti-Doping agency discovers supply of "banned substances" to athletes at JLN Stadium

Anti-Doping agency discovers supply of banned substances to athletes at JLN Stadium

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Published: 23 Feb 2019 4:20 AM GMT
While conducting an investigation, the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel (ADAP) panel of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has revealed that it has discovered an "important source" which is supplying banned substances to the athletes at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. Apparently, the ADAP was scrutinising matter related to the case of Jagtar Singh. As an initial step, it has shortlisted two people who are believed to have supplied prohibited drugs on the assistance of an athlete. As per reports, the ADAP has identified one of the accused as Puneet, the husband of an unknown athlete while the other supplier named
Sunny Malik
based on the information passed on by Jagtar Singh, who was sidelined before the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships after he tested positive for meldonium. Meanwhile, his suspension was reduced from four years to two years. Jagtar informed that he consumed food supplements provided by a person named Puneet, who is a regular peddler at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. Incidentally, he is the husband of a Commonwealth Games athlete. "The injectable substances had labels in foreign language, probably Russian,” confessed Jagtar, the athlete who hails from Rajasthan. Due to the vital information provided by him, which aided the investigators to discover criminal offence and its source, his term of the suspension was reduced. The ADAP stated that the information provided by Jagtar,
"classifies as substantial assistance by the athlete under Article"
of the NADA rules, due to which he was suspension was altered by two years. In the context of the incident, the ADAP stated, "In view of the information disclosed by the athlete, we also direct NADA to blacklist and prohibit the entry of Mr Puneet and Mr Sunny Malik in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi and any other stadium/facility where national or international sporting activity takes place.” Jagtar’s counsel Phalpher informed that it was the decathlete who urged to throw some light on the matter and assist NADA in the case. Regarding the matter, Phalpher said, "We welcome this decision of the ADAP as it will encourage more athletes to come forward to assist the NADA."
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