Javelin Thrower DP Manu Suspected of Doping: NADA Asks AFI to Halt His Participation

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DP Manu

Javelin thrower DP Manu, a promising Olympic hopeful, finds himself embroiled in controversy. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has instructed the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to prevent Manu from competing due to suspicions of doping. This development jeopardizes his chances of qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympics.

DP Manu, aged 24, secured a silver medal at the 2023 Asian Championships. He was well on his way to Olympic qualification through the world ranking quota. Manu’s impressive performances included a throw of 82.06m in the Federation Cup and a gold-winning effort of 81.58m in the Taiwan Athletics Open.

Doping Suspicion against DP Manu?

NADA contacted the AFI, urging them to bar Manu from competitions. The exact nature of the alleged violation remains undisclosed. AFI President Adille Sumariwalla confirmed the directive but did not confirm any doping offence.

“There could be something like that, but we still don’t know what is the actual thing. There was a phone call to the AFI office (from the NADA) yesterday that he (Manu) be stopped from competitions,” Sumariwalla said.

“Otherwise, there are no details (on what kind of possible violation). I think the athlete (DP Manu) is finding out from the NADA what is the exact thing.”

Manu ranked 15th in the World Athletics Road to Paris list. The qualification deadline for the Paris Olympics is June 30. Olympic champion Neeraj Chopra and Kishore Jena have already secured automatic qualification.

Manu’s removal from the National Inter-State Championships roster impacts his chances. Only 32 athletes will compete in the men’s javelin throw event at the Olympics. Each country can send a maximum of three athletes per track and field event. In this tense situation, Manu awaits clarity from NADA while his Olympic dreams hang in the balance.

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