With the clock ticking down for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, India's star javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang received a huge blow to his future in the sport; he had been tested positive for an anabolic steroid.
The 29-year-old Kang, along with the young Neeraj Chopra, was one of India's bright hopes for a medal at the Commonwealth Games. Now, those hopes seem t have been dashed.
However, it does not seem to be a simple case of doping as most of the headlines would suggest.
"He did not have a cordial relationship with the federation. It's a long and complicated issue here," Kang's representative said to Sportskeeda.
Kang, who was preparing for the Commonwealth and the Asian Games, the two biggest international competition for the Indian athletes this year, is now considering what action to take next.
While the 29-year-old is most likely to file an appeal and go for a re-test, there seem to be more elements that need to be taken into considerations here.
"We will definitely file an appeal against this. Right now, we are considering all options. The first thing that we need to consider is whether he will go for re-testing or not. And re-testing is very important," said Kang's representative.
"I don't think that he will file a request for re-testing in any Indian lab. This lab is not trustworthy. If we do go for retesting, we would like to get it done in any other WADA lab, rather than in the NDTL," the representative further said.
Doping has been a big problem in India, and although the numbers have seemingly reduced recently, the positive testing of one of the country's top athletes is certainly something that does not reflect well for the sport.
However, allegations of sabotage also reflect poorly on the manner in which the sport is run. It now remains to be seen, what course of action the 2017 Asian Championships bronze medallist will take.Published 28 Feb 2018, 16:56 IST