CWG-bound sprinter Dhanalakshmi and triple jumper Aishwarya Babu fail dope test

Two Commonwealth Games athletes sprinter S Dhanalakshmi and triple jumper Aishwarya Babu have returned positive for banned drugs as the dope scandal hit Indian athletics just days before the multi-sport event.

Both have been ruled out of the upcoming July 28 to August 8 Birmingham Games and have been handed provisional suspensions.

The 24-year-old Dhanalakshmi came back positive for the banned steroid in a dope test conducted abroad by World Athletics’ Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

“Dhanalakshmi tested positive in the dope test conducted by AIU. She will not go to the Birmingham CWG,” a top source in the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

Dhanalakshmi is part of the CWG team in the 100m and 4x100m relay along with Dyuti Chand, Hima Das and Shrabani Nanda.

She was named in the Indian team for the World Championships in Eugene, USA, but failed to make it to the showpiece due to visa issues.

Dhanalakshmi clocked a personal best of 22.89 seconds to win the 200m gold at the Kosanov Memorial Athletics Meet on 26 June. She became the third Indian woman to run sub-23 after national record holder Saraswati Saha (22.82s) and Hima Das. (22.88s)

24-year-old Aishwarya’s dope sample taken by NADA officials at the National Inter-State Athletics Championship in Chennai last month also came back positive. He was named in the Indian athletics team for the CWG for the triple jump and long jump events.

Triple jumper Aishwarya Babu’s sample has come back positive at the National Inter-State Championship, sources said.

Aishwarya broke the triple jump national record with a stunning effort of 14.14m to emerge as the undisputed star at the National Inter-State Senior Athletics Championship in Chennai (June 10-14).

At the Chennai event, he had produced an effort of 6.73 meters in the long jump qualification round. This is the second longest personal best by an Indian women’s long jumper after the legendary Anju Bobby George (6.83m).

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