Federation Cup (Athletics): Washroom flooded with syringes as AFI puts the blame on NADA for its negligence
What's the story?
The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) was astonished to find out that the men’s washroom was flooded with disposable syringes during the ongoing Federation Cup meet.
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The Federation Cup meet is a vital event ahead of the Commonwealth Games. In spite of these unfortunate incidents, two of the athletes from India qualified for the Gold Coast Games which will is scheduled to begin next month.
The heart of the matter
The AFI general secretary CK Valson confirmed the development of the events but he is yet to identify the athletes who were guilty. “The lucky guys get away while some get caught. The government should have big budget for testing; that’s the only way to check the menace of doping. Otherwise, it’s difficult,” said the official.
The governing body, however, blames the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) for this situation saying that they were negligent in their work. As per AFI’s verdict, NADA was present at the meet but no random tests were done.
“NADA dope testing officials were present today, but there was no random tests done. Only gold medallists were being tested. That will not help the cause. In my view, all finalists should be tested. Half of them might run away or will fail dope tests. That’s the only way to check doping in athletics,” said Valson.
No legal charges have been pressed against the athletes. Only time will tell about how severe actions are taken for the incident so that it never occurs in the future.
NADA is a governing body which is known for its strict rules to eradicate the menace of doping from the world of sports, but unfortunately, it has failed to identify such incidents in spite of being present at the venue. From the next time, NADA has to be careful, because re-occurrence of similar incidents will not help the condition of sports in India.