Ludhiana, March 29 (ANI): In a major embarrassment to the Indian sports, at least 13 of the 29 Kabaddi players have tested positive during a tests conducted by officials of the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA) in Punjab state.
Players' samples were collected during trials, conducted on March 20, for the forthcoming World Kabaddi Cup.
Following the tests' results, the 13 players have been served notices and declared provisionally suspended from taking part in any sport or event till the final adjudication.
"On 20th march, we tested 29 samples of kabaddi players out of which 16 were found negative and remaining 13 were found positive on the basis of anabolic steroids and stimulants, and the anti-doping tribunal has provisionally suspended the 13 players," said Dr. Manmohan Singh, chairman of Anti-Doping committee.
However, a clean chit has been provided to the remaining 16 players.
"Definitely it's a matter of concern. Even as a player it's a matter of concern. We want the medal with respect. We don't want medal like this," said Sports Director Pragati Singh.
The incident came to light in the wake of concerns raised by various associations about the possibility of conducting a dope-free World Cup.
The forthcoming Kabaddi tournament is being organised at different venues across the state between April 3 and 12.
Ten countries, including hosts India, will compete in the event. Britain, the United States, Canada, Pakistan, Iran, Australia, Italy and Spain have already confirmed their participation. (ANI)