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WADA makes third surprise visit at NIS.

OFFICIALS from the World Anti- Doping Agency ( WADA) made their third unannounced visit at the National Institute of Sports ( NIS), Patiala, in last six months on Friday and collected 21 dope samples from the weightlifters.

Weightlifters have been the target of WADA officials, who collected 93 samples in total.

Weightlifting in India has been tainted by doping cases in the past but thankfully, the numbers have come down drastically in the past one year. " As many as 72 samples were collected from the last two visits by the WADA officials and none of them tested positive for an anti- doping rule violation," said an official.

None of the officials from the Indian Weightlifting Federation ( IWLF) was present during the sample collection. The IWLF officials say they do not promote any kind of anti- doping activities and with the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games scheduled later this year, it will be one of their prime agendas to follow the anti- doping programme.

" All the lifters were present in the camp and those ( five) who were not, had applied for leaves," said an IWLF official.

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Date:Feb 5, 2014
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