New Delhi: India's advent into the Rio Olympics started with bad tidings after shot putter Inderjeet Singh tested positive for banned substance, becoming yet another Indian athlete to test positive on the needle after wrestler Narsingh Yadav.
The 28-year-old Rio-bound shot putter was allegedly caught using a banned steroid substance in a test conducted on June 22. Reported by the TOI, sources said, "The National Anti-Doping Agency sent a letter to the athletics federation this evening saying Inderjeet had failed a dope test."
Inderjeet Singh has clinched the gold medal in Asian championships, Asian Grand Prix and the World University Games last year. People close to the wrestler and intimate with his progress claimed that the athlete might have come in contact with banned substance here in India.
"We were doubting something was wrong when we came to know about him avoiding the NADA tests. Our worst fears have come true," sources said.
Inderjeet, however, claimed innocence and said it was a conspiracy against him.
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"This is a serious conspiracy against me. Why would someone do such silly things just before the Olympics," he told IANS over phone.
Inderjeet claimed that since he has always been outspoken against the apathy that Indian athletes face from the government and the various sports federations, he is being targetted and his voice is being supressed.
"My sample has been tampered with, this is an atempt to frame me. I had a chance to win a medal and probably some people thought that it will make me a bigger name in Indian sports and then I will create more problems for them. NADA has tested me around five times in recent months and I have always been cleared," he said.
Wrestler Narsingh Yadav, who failed NADA doping test two times, also claimed that rivals had hatched up a conspiracy to botch his Olympic dreams.