‘Expired Dope Test Equipment’: Wrestler Bajrang Punia makes shocking allegations against NADA

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Indian Ace wrestler Bajrang Punia made a shocking reveal in his recent social media post. In an Instagram post, the Olympic Medalist Bajrang Punia was seen holding the sealed bags of dope test equipment and raised claims against the higher officials at National Anti-Doping Agency(NADA) for sending the outdated equipment. Additionally, he linked the incident to the Brij Bhushan Case.

 

Bajrang Punia on Instagram
Bajrang Punia on Instagram

He captioned the video, “This is a very important video for all of us to watch and consider. How to trust the system if the process is not followed. How can one make sure there is no manipulation throughout the process. This could happen to anyone, especially junior athletes. Please be informed about your rights and process related to doping. Request the concerned officials to take necessary action and athletes to be vigilant and extreme caution during such processes. 🙏🏽 @nadaindiaoffice”(translated from Hindi)

Bajrang Punia makes serious allegations in his statement

Punia was seen showing the multiple test bags that were being used for his dope test, were already expired a long back.

The former Asian Games Champion added saying, “I’m not blaming the doctor here. This is being done by officials in higher places who want to forcefully trap athletes” in the video. He also referred to the wrestlers protest against WFI Chief Brij Bhushan Singh while how his associates are pressurizing a female wrestler who involved in the case, to take a dope test to pull her into the trap.

Wrestlers during protest
(From left to right)Sangeeta Phogat(Punia’s Wife), Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik

Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat have actively led a protest in January earlier this year against Brij Bhushan Singh, who was accused for sexually harassing many female wrestlers. They withdrew their two-month-long protest after government promised that no one connected to Brij Bhushan would contest the WFI elections.

WFI elections to take place on December 21

After a much delay, the election to elect new Governing body of WFI is scheduled to take place on December 21. Brij Bhushan’s loyal aid Sanjay Singh and former Commonwealth Gold Medalist Anita Sheoran are in contention for WFI’s President job.

Punia and Malik have already met the Sports Minister Anurag Thakur and reminded that government’s promise to not allow any of Brij Bhushan’s allies to participate in the elections.

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