Nagpur: Sensation prevailed in State athletics fraternity when Nagpur’s international long distance athlete Rohini Raut’s A sample was tested positive in the doping test conducted by National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) on February 28.
The issue will be reflected in an annual general body meeting of Maharashtra Athletics Association to be held on April 26. Now it is interesting to seen what decision the State athletics association will take .
Keeping an eye of Rio Olympics, the NADA has decided to conduct the doping tests of those athletes who have emerged winners in different marathons. The NADA officials took the urine samples of the athletes by giving a surprise visit to the athletes respective places.
On March 23, 2016 NADA send notice to Rohini saying that she found positive in the first dope test. (The copy of the letter has also dispatched to Maharashtra Athletics Association).
In the letter NADA said that on February 28, NADA doping control officer (DCO) collected a urine sample from you. Assisted by DCO, you split the samples into two separate bottles. The laboratory analysed the A sample in accordance with the procedures set out in WADA’s international standard for laboratories.
In A sample, 19-Norandrostenedione (Anabolic steroids) performance enhancement drugs have been found at a concentration of 12 ng/ml which is greater than the WADA reporting decision limit (DL) of 2.5 ng/ml. The NADA has charged Rohini with the commission of an anti- doping rule violation. If found guilty Rohini can face four years ban. The NADA letter also asked the athlete to appeal within seven days of receiving the notice.
State association willnot protect guilty”
The Athletics Federation of India has suspended Rohini till the inquiry completes. Maharashtra Athletics Associaiton has always taken strict stand on the issue of doping.
The general secretary of the state Association Pralhad Sawant through a press release has said that the association will conduct an inquiry of Asian junior champion Rohini and her coach Arvind Chavan and will take the decision during an annual general body meeting of the association on April 26. If found guilty the State association will not protect guilty, said Sawant.