Doping: Doctor blows lid off SAI’s role

first_imgThe doping menace in the country continues to get murkier with a junior scientific officer claiming that the malaise is widespread inside the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala.Sajib Kumar Nandi, who was appointed as a scientific officer (sports medicine) at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, has come out with startling revelations about the Sports Authority of India (SAI) ganging up against him when he tried to raise his voice against the corrupt activities at the country’s premier sports institute.Nandi said he has seen banned drugs lying inside the NIS, Patiala premises and alleged that top SAI officials were involved in corrupt activities which facilitated doping among athletes.Before the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) came into existence in 2009, the National Dope-Testing Laboratory (NDTL) was under government jurisdiction and the dope tests were conducted under SAI’s nose.For decades, Indian athletes have been using banned performance – enhancing drugs and all that happened under the nose of SAI. Nandi has now blown the lid off SAI’s corrupt activities and said the system was corrupt from top to bottom.”For long, Indian athletes have been failing dope tests and I used to notice all that during my tenure at the NIS Patiala. In 1999, I was asked to collect dope samples without any documentation and when I protested, the then chief executive director of NIS, Patiala, BS Ahlluwalia forced me to go ahead without following the proper procedures,” Nandi told MAIL TODAY from Patiala.He said in 2002, a huge stock of banned supplements was found in the hostel at NIS Patiala and he went up to the higher authorities in SAI so that it could be used as evidence in court to prove that there was organised doping going on inside the institute.advertisement”But all those medicines were destroyed and there was no chance those drugs could be used as evidence,” said Nandi.”All my efforts to check the doping menace at the institute were resisted by the SAI officials.Since I was against the malpractices of the SAI, they harassed me in whatever way they could.”I was accused of theft and sexual harassment against a lady doctor and was transferred twice – to Gandhinagar and Bangalore. In 2009, I was assaulted.”But I fought against the system and took legal recourse. A Chandigarh bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal quashed my transfer orders to Gandhinagar as all allegations were found false,” added Nandi.He pointed that the samples of athletes were collected without keeping any records and it was all because of the involvement of the SAI officials, national federations and the Indian Olympic Association ( IOA).”All this cannot be done within the premises of the institute without the knowledge and encouragement of the administration.” He further revealed that there were times when the dope samples were collected but never reached New Delhi for testing.”Through an RTI petition, I asked for the travel and daily allowances of the driver and attendants who took the samples to New Delhi. But SAI did not furnish any such information as the samples were never transported to the capital for testing in the first place,” Nandi alleged.The junior scientific officer is not the only one who has charged SAI and federations of malpractice. As many as 558 positive cases between 1991 and 2009 are set to be revisited by the anti- doping disciplinary panel.The names of all those erring athletes are in two sealed documents which are currently with the NADA panel and reopening those cases may have serious implications.last_img