Kabaddi participant Ajay Thakur suspended over whereabouts violation

Vinayak Padmadeo

Today News Online Service

New Delhi, April 9

In perhaps the first ever such case, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has imposed provisional suspension on an Indian athlete for the violation of its whereabouts rules. Ajay Thakur, the former captain of the Indian kabaddi team, has been provisionally suspended under Article 2.4 of the anti-doping rules for failing to submit his whereabouts in time. Thakur, who led the Indian team at the 2018 Asian Games, where the defending champions won a bronze medal, was served the notice on March 19, 2021.

NADA director general Navin Agarwal said notices were sent to a few athletes in the registered testing pool to explain the failure to file their whereabouts and Thakur was the only one to be served with a suspension notice. “We have been ensuring that all registered testing pool players submit their whereabouts on due date so that they can be tested anytime without prior notice,” Agarwal said. “Some of the RTP athletes who failed to do so were given opportunities to explain why they failed to file their whereabouts.”

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