Indian Long-distance runner Murali Gavit tested positive in the doping test

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Murali Gavit

Indian long-distance runner Murali Gavit has been embroiled in a doping scandal that has sent shockwaves through the athletic community. Gavit, who had been making headlines for his impressive performances, including a bronze medal in the 10,000m event at the Asian Athletics Championship, now faces a potential setback in his career.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), which oversees the anti-doping programme of track and field sports, has reported that Gavit tested positive for a banned substance. The specifics of the substance and the circumstances surrounding the test have not been disclosed yet.

Murali Gavit’s promising career is put to a halt

Gavit’s positive test is a significant blow to his burgeoning career. The young athlete had been making steady progress on the international stage, and his performances had been a source of pride for India. His potential silver medal upgrade at the Asian Athletics Championship, following the disqualification of Bahrain’s Hassan Chani for an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP) violation, had further cemented his status as a promising talent.

However, this doping scandal threatens to overshadow Gavit’s achievements. Doping is a serious offence in athletics, carrying severe penalties, including potential bans from competition and the stripping of titles and records. If Gavit’s test is confirmed, he could face a similar fate.

Meanwhile, 1998 Bangkok Asian Games bronze medallist and World Billiards Championship runner-up Bhaskar Balachandra has also been found guilty of violating doping rules. Beta-blockers, which keep blood pressure in control, have been found in his sample. This is the first time an athlete was caught being involved in doping in cue sports.

With Murali, the Asian Junior and Asian Athletics Championships bronze medallist in 10,000m, and Balachandra being found guilty of dope, the total number of players found guilty of doping failure in the Goa National Games has reached 27.

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