Even as good news trickled in as the World Olympics Federation cleared wrestler Narsingh of dope charges, yet another Indian athlete had to stay back. 200m runner Dharambir Singh, who was the first Indian male sprinter to qualify for Olympics after 36 years had given his test and was found positive. He had to miss his flight to Rio as there was speculation that he had tested positive for an anabolic steroid in his A sample during the Indian Grand Prix Meet in Bangalore on July 11. However there is no official confirmation from either NADA or Athletics Federation of India.
Dharambir was to leave for Rio, but he was asked to stay back and NADA apparently asked him if he would wnt to get his ‘B’ sample tested – If found positive, he would miss out his berth at Olympics, and would also attract an 8-year ban. And that would mean an end to his sports career; especially so because this is not his first offence. Earlier he was stripped of a gold medal that he won at 100m race duing National-State Championships 2012 for evading a dope test.