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World Athletics awaits AFI report on controversial Delhi State Athletics meet

AFI has launched an investigation into the Delhi State Athletics Championships, where athletes ran away from the event as dope testing officials dropped in after a video went viral exposing used syringes at the washroom of JLN Stadium.

World Athletics awaits AFI report on controversial Delhi State Athletics meet
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World Athletics president Sebastian Coe

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The Bridge Desk

Updated: 15 Oct 2023 11:56 AM GMT

World Athletics is eagerly waiting for the report on the Athletics Federation of India's (AFI) investigation into the Delhi State Athletics Championships, which happened last month when athletes ran away from the event as National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) officials dropped in.

The incident stunned the world, with only one athlete running the men's 100m event, while his competitors made the final a miss. In another event, a women's athlete did not stop running even after crossing the finish line as a doping official chased her down.

“I am waiting for a report on that, as is the Athletics Integrity Unit. I was travelling at the end of the season so I am waiting for a report from the Indian federation,” World Athletics president Sebastian Coe, who is currently in Mumbai to attend the International Olympic Committee's 141st Congress, was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

Coe said, “Cheating is non-negotiable”. “People now recognise that we take it extremely seriously, our testing systems are sounder and more extensive than ever. We have spent more than $8 million a year on the AIU, so people know we are very serious about maintaining the highest reputation,” Coe added.

Both World Athletics and AIU, however, are unaware of the deadline for the AFI investigation.

“I don’t know (by when). I spoke to the Indian federation immediately afterward and they said they were in Hangzhou at the time (for the Asian Games)… I will await the report," Coe said.

At the Delhi state meet, the NADA officials dropped in after a video clip went viral on social media, revealing used syringes at the washroom of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue for the event.

According to the World Anti-Doping Agency data, India is currently ranked second in the world behind Russia with 59 doping violations.

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