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Four Services lifters in dope net

Even as the International Weightlifting Federation ponders over the quantum of punishment for the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) after a series of positive dope results, some more cases are set to be added to the list.

The embarrassment for the country is not just because the number of offenders is set to go up by another four, but also because these new offenders caught by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) belong to the Services.

The NADA, which is affiliated to the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA), swooped down on an Inter-Services meet recently to discover the use of banned substance ‘Nandranol’ in the samples taken from four weightlifters, including a past offender.

Former national champion E Damadoran, a member of the core group preparing for the Commonwealth Games but one who has also been caught for doping in the past, is the biggest fish. AR Balgun, AK Dubey and V Biju are the others to have tested positive. (DNA)