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Navin Dagar fails dope test

Navin Dagar fails dope test
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The Indian athletics contingents preparation for the upcoming Asian Games was dealt a severe blow after steeplechase runner Naveen Dagar tested...

New Delhi: The Indian athletics contingent's preparation for the upcoming Asian Games was dealt a severe blow after steeplechase runner Naveen Dagar tested positive for banned substance meldonium during the Inter-State Athletics Meet in Guwahati.

Dagar is a bronze-medallist from the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and breached the qualifying mark of 8:41 seconds during the Guwahati meet.

It is learnt that Dagar was handed provisional suspension by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on July 23 after he tested positive for the banned substance during an In-Competition (IC) test by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

Neither AFI nor NADA issued any official statement. It is a major setback for the AFI as two athletes have tested positive for banned substances this week.

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