Hangzhou. Para athlete Neeraj Yadav, who took India to fifth place in the Asian Para Games with his brilliant performance, could not pass the dope test of NADA. The Indian Paralympic Committee has written a letter to NADA in this matter, the hearing on which will be held on November 21. If Neeraj’s failure in dope test is confirmed, two gold medals can be snatched from India.
A dope test conducted by NADA a few days before a continental tournament revealed that Neeraj Yadav had tested positive for anabolic steroids in a test conducted on the sidelines of the tournament in Bengaluru six days before leaving for Hangzhou. If the NADA panel finds him guilty of doping, he will have to lose both the gold medals won in the F55 javelin throw and discus throw events.
India will reach sixth place
India had won 29 gold, 31 silver and 51 bronze medals in the Asian Para Games. With the withdrawal of Neeraj’s two gold medals, Indonesia, which was ranked sixth in the Games with 29 gold, 30 silver and 36 bronze medals, will move to fifth position.
The sample may be tampered with
Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) athletics chief coach S Satyanarayana told PTI from Bengaluru that we have written to NADA that this sample may not be theirs. Or the sample may be tampered with. We came to know about the doping rule violation on November 13 and they have seven days to present their case. Therefore, his case will be heard on November 21.