Aryaan Bhatia, 16, became the first Indian tennis player to fail a dope test. He has been provisionally suspended, the National Anti-Doping Agency said on Friday.
Bhatia’s urine sample was taken during the Fenesta Open National Tennis Championship held in October last year. The NADA had collected samples for the first time from tennis players during the championship.
The national doping watchdog also provisionally suspended seven other sportspersons last month for flunking dope tests. They are Sandeep Kaur (powerlifting), Ankit Gosai (handball), Jithu Thomas (volleyball), Yaiphaba (canoeing), Vishan Singh (kayaking and canoeing) and Shivam Kasana (cycling).
Middle distance runner Monika Chaudhary, who had moved Delhi High Court to secure a trial ahead of last year’s Asian Games and later tested positive for Erythropoietin, has been handed a four-year ban by the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.
The ADDP also handed four-year bans to hockey player Bharat Singh and hammer thrower Ginjan Singh.
The ban period of decathlete Jagtar Singh, who tested positive for Meldonium during the Federation Cup Athletics Championships in 2017, has been reduced from four years to two years by the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel (ADAP).
The NADA also said that it has conducted 675 dope tests, including 57 blood samples, in the last month.