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Seema Punia to be dope-tested by NADA

Press Trust of India  |  Patiala 

thrower will be subjected to an out-of-competition dope test before as she could not be tested during the 22nd Federation Cup National Senior Athletics Championships here.

Punia won a gold on the opening day on March 5 with a best throw of 61.05m at the NIS Patiala but she could not be dope tested as officials did not turn up on that day.

The NADA officials reached here the next day on March 6 but by that time Punia had left for home.

The NADA has now asked the (AFI) to contact her and provide a location where she can be tested. The AFI has done so and the NADA officials are travelling to Sonipat to collect her urine sample.

"We have sent NADA the details of the location in where their officials can collect her dope sample," an at the national camp here told on condition of anonymity.

"NADA officials reached here late by a day. To be fair to her, Seema is not bound to wait for the NADA to come. She is not at fault," the added.

With her gold-winning effort, Seema had also achieved the AFI norms of 59.00m for the Gold Coast It was Seema's best mark in two years and she was competing in her first competition of the year.

The 34-year-old thrower has been a regular in since 2006 and has always been on the podium -- winning a silver (60.56m) in Melbourne, a bronze at 2010 Games and a silver in 2014

Tamil Nadu's pole vaulter Subramani Siva, who broke his own national record with an effort of 5.15m, was also not tested on the opening day.

His sample was collected the next day, within the mandatory 24 hours to constitute an in-competition test which was required to ratify the national record.

Meanwhile, the Commonwealth Games-bound Indian athletes are not likely to be tested again by the NADA before their departure for Gold Coast, as all the gold and silver winners have provided their dope samples during the ongoing championships.

The team will be picked by the AFI selection committee and will be announced tomorrow after completing formalities with the government.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 14:00 IST
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