DNA analysis by Superbiker Vijay Singh confirms that he did not go back in 2018
Superbiker Vijay Singh was banned from the NADA panel for four years, but DNA analysis conducted in a London Lab confirmed that the sample containing the anabolic steroid was not his.
Superbike champion Vijay Singh would have joined the famous dope deception list in India if he hadn’t thought about the box.
He insisted on a DNA test to confirm that the urine sample in which the banned anabolic steroid was found was his.
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On Thursday, the passenger was released after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) laboratory in London confirmed that a sample containing anabolic steroids did not belong to Singh, his lawyer Vidushpat Singhania said.
It ended Singh’s quest to clear his name that began two years ago.
Singh, a 600cc rider, was told he had failed the dope test in late 2018. Samples were collected from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) competition at Budd International Circuit in Greater Noida during the 2018 national race.
A recreational rider felt amiss when an anabolic steroid commonly associated with strength sports showed his sample. In January last year, he was banned for four years.
However, instead of accepting his conclusion, the 35-year-old player knocked on the doors of the Delhi High Court for NADA, who dragged his feet, collected his blood sample and urine for DNA analysis in a laboratory in London.
The process was straightforward: extract DNA from the original sample and compare it with new blood and urine samples to watch the game.
“As for me, a bodybuilding steroid came along. I knew it was impossible. I was not on any medication, or I was taking whey protein. To pay for DNA analysis. WADA allows that, but the disciplinary committee refused to listen to me. They were in high hands, “Singh told the Indian Express.
The way the sample was collected in the region in late 2018, Singh said, raised concerns.
“My race finished at 9.30 am, though they got my urine sample at 3.30 pm. When I went to give my sample, they called everyone together, including the runners. There were 20 people in the area where samples were collected, including family members and friends of some of the participants. There is no right way,” said Singh.
According to Singhania, the difficulty of the motorcycle started when he was given a hearing for more than a year. “One year they did not hear, we moved to the high court (in 2019). The high court ordered the hearing. After that, the disciplinary committee denied him four years, saying he would not seek evidence,” said Singhania.
However, the appellate court granted Singh a patient hearing, which gave March last year a DNA test if he was ready to face the costs.
WADA also saw no reason to reject the application and referred it to an accredited laboratory in London.
“NADA has been responding to WADA for months. Even after the athlete applied for a DNA test, they did nothing. The athlete organized a shipping company. But NADA was like, ‘you paid the money now wait.’ They did not leave,” said Singhania.
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Singh’s legal team forwarded about 30 emails, but samples (blood and urine) for DNA analysis were collected only after the Supreme Court, in March this year, ordered NADA to do so within 48 hours of the order.
What about others?
Vijay Singh says he is lucky. Since he was in good condition, he was able to pay an estimated Rs 10 lakh for everything, including lawyers’ fees, examination costs, and a round trip to Jaipur, where he lives, in Delhi. “The DNA test alone was Rs 1.5 lakh,” Singh said. He shudders as he thinks of the fate of the poorest man taking the same fight in court.
“I can afford it. I do this (running) as a hobby. But if tomorrow, I say this happens to someone fighting from a modest history, he wishes not to protect himself because he cannot afford it. He will return to work on the farm.”
Vijay Singh is an end to cheating but says there needs to be a change in culture in the national anti-drug bill.
“You can check anytime. I have no conscience about that. But if the system does not work as a system but attractively, you will get bound results. It should work in an orderly fashion. Other than that, what’s the point?
At many levels, (NADA) broke the rules and was not ready to accept that.
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