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Lifter Vikas cleared after being told to give dope test before heading home

Press Trust of India  |  Gold Coast 

Indian weightlifter Thakur, who claimed a bronze medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games, was searched and dope-tested on the day of his departure from the event on unexplained suspicions.

Thakur, a silver-medallist at the 2014 Games, claimed a bronze in the men's 94kg category and was to leave with the team on April 11. He did leave but only after a last-minute check by the Federation authorities on inexplicable suspicions.

This was revealed by Namdev Shirgaonker, while briefing the media about the latest needle controversy that hit when race K T Irfan and triple jumper V were ordered to leave the Games for violating the no needle policy.

"They requested to take three athletes, one more athlete, Thakur was called. We took them to the medical commission. Thakur's bag was searched. He underwent a dope test. He answered all the medical commission questions, nothing was found in the bag and his dope test was clear," said

"He was on his way home but unfortunately we were told that he should be brought to the medical commission. After that he was cleared and he went," he added.

Thakur does not have any doping history.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 13:35 IST