India’s para-powerlifter Sachin Choudhary has returned positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition test conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency. Choudhary was a late inclusion in the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games and now has been sent back home. The test was actually conducted by the NADA before Choudhary left the country.
A member of the para-sports contingent said, “It is true that Sachin tested positive for a banned substance. The test was conducted by the NADA around a month back. It is an unfortunate incident. He will not return to Glasgow and his name will be removed from the starting list in the team managers’ meeting. Sachin is an experienced para-athlete and medal prospect. He took part in 2012 London Paralympics and also World Championships.”
He added, “I think the PCI recommended 16 names first but the sports ministry wanted to know who were the medal prospects. Then Choudhary’s name was not there in the list sent again to the IOA. But somehow his name was included later on.”
This is a really sad moment for Indian sports just at the beginning of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.