Rampant doping at Kabaddi World Cup

2011-11-10 09:03

New Delhi – Local organisers are grappling with rampant doping at an ongoing Kabaddi World Cup in the northern state of Punjab after 18 participants tested positive for banned steroids.

Kabaddi, a popular team sport in south Asia, is a seven-person game that involves “raiding” the opponents’ side, with tackling and wrestling.

“The tournament’s reputation is at stake,” Punjab sports director Pargat Singh was quoted as saying in today’s edition of The Times of India. “We are meeting tomorrow to find a solution.”

Three players tested positive from the US, Australia, Canada and the UK, two from Norway, and one each from Italy, Argentina, Spain and Germany.

More players could test positive in the coming days since only 46 results are out from 96 samples taken.

India’s National Anti Doping Agency also caught 20 Indian players for doping during a national camp in preparation for the Kabaddi World Cup.

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