You are here: Home » Sports » Sports News » News
Business Standard

Dope violators eligible for sports awards if ban period served: Ministry

The sports ministry has made dope-tainted athletes and coaches eligible for the National Sports Awards provided they have completed their ban periods

Topics
Indian sports | Doping | athletes

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Doping, wada, drugs, sports, tests, dope
Representative image

The sports ministry has made dope-tainted and coaches eligible for the National Sports Awards provided they have completed their ban periods, a decision that will benefit the likes of boxer Amit Panghal, whose "inadvertent" violation in 2012 has denied him a shot at the honours.

In a circular issued for this year's honours, which are expected to be announced in the next few days, the ministry said that penalised for offences will be eligible at the end of their suspensions but any achievements during the period will not be considered for the awards.

"...(the athletes) shall be eligible to be considered for the award after completion of their sentence/penalty/suspension/ban period. The achievement during the said suspension/punishment would not be considered," the ministry stated.

"The sportsperson against whom enquiry is pending/ongoing will not be considered," it added.

The Asian Games gold-winning Panghal, who is also India's first and only silver-medallist at the world championships, has been nominated twice for the Arjuna award but has not not been considered because of the dope violation, which took place when he underwent treatment for chicken pox in 2012.

The 25-year-old Olympian has maintained that the dope violation was an inadvertent intake at the youth level. He was nominated for Khel Ratna last year.

The ministry has similarly relaxed the rules for dope-tainted coaches as well but coaches have rarely been penalised of any dope violations by their wards in .

"A coach found encouraging the use of drugs/substances banned by the World Anti- Agency (WADA) based on a sample collected by the National Anti- Agecy (NADA)...shall be eligible for the Dronacharya award after completion of their sentence," the ministry said.

Various national federations, like the Wrestling Federation of India, have their own disciplinary framework to fine or ban coaches who are found guilty of supplying banned substances or encouraging their usage.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Wed, September 08 2021. 14:32 IST