Indian athlete caught doping

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 AM ET

DELHI, India A third Commonwealth Games athlete has tested positive for a banned substance.

This time its a female racewalker from the host country who is accused of taking a steroid, but it won't affect medals standings.

Commonwealth Games Federation officials announced Wednesday afternoon that Rani Yadav of India tested positive for norandrosterone, an anabolic steroid banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. She was automatically suspended pending a Wednesday afternoon hearing.

Yadav was sixth in the womens 20 kilometre race walk on Saturday.

Two Nigerian sprinters earlier tested positive for a stimulant. Womens 100 metre gold medallist Oludamola Osayomi and sixth-place 110 m mens hurdler Samuel Okon allegedly took methylhexaneamine. Their punishment has not been announced.

To have three doping cases out of 1,300 tests is not a bad record, two of those have concluded for substances that are considered by many to be not in the serious area of doping activity, which is stimulants, said CGF president Mike Fennell. All involved in sports would like to have a zero factor when it comes to doping matters, but we have to live with reality.

Delhi 2010 Organizing Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot said education and testing of Indian athletes year-round was increased in the lead-up to the Games.

"We have tried our level best], but it is definitely a difficult situation," said Delhi 2010 secretary general Lalit Bhanot. "It is unfortunate that an Indian athlete is involved, even though we took precautions."

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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