Inderjit’s Tokyo dreams over after CAS suspension
New Delhi, October 1
Indian shot putter Inderjit Singh’s slim chances of representing India at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are over as he has been suspended for four years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) had lodged an appeal after Inderjit was exonerated by the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel (ADDP), which was constituted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
In its order, a copy of which is with The Tribune, the Sole Arbitrator, Markus Manninen, said that he was satisfied that the athlete had committed the doping violation. “Based upon the careful evaluation of the evidence, the Sole Arbitrator is comfortably satisfied that the athlete has committed the ADRV in the form of presence of prohibited substances in his two samples collected on 22 and 29 June 2016,” the report read.
Inderjit’s suspension will be reduced to a little less than two years as he has already served a suspension of two years, four months and 19 days. Inderjit was suspended from July 25, 2016, to December 14, 2018, when the ADDP set aside his suspension.
Inderjit’s counsel, Anish Dayal, had claimed that there were lapses, including in the storage of the first sample that was collected from the athlete’s home in Bhiwani. The doping control officer (DCO), as it has been established, had preserved the first sample in a refrigerator at his home and had deposited it with NADA the next day. Dayal also claimed that the Berlinger kits in use then were prone to be tampered with. He also claimed that the volume of the second sample varied from 150ml initially noted in the dope control form by the DCO to 120ml that was recorded by the National Dope Testing Laboratory, where it was tested, and that it was a deviation for the established norms of international norms for laboratories.
The report was categorical in dismissing all such claims. “…the Sole Arbitrator observes that the seals of the A and B samples of the first sample were intact when examined by the laboratory,” the report said.
“The athlete himself participated in the B sample opening and confirmed with his signature that the seal was intact. The athlete has not even tried to establish that the Berlinger kit in question was opened after the sealing and subsequently resealed,” it added.