KOCHI: A bad news for javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang. Traces of marijuana were found in the urine sample of the 28-year-old Punjab athlete, which makes him doubtful for the Asian and World Championship to be held in July and August, respectively.
Marijuana was added to the World Anti-doping Agency's proscribed list in 1997 after a Canadian snow-boarder's samples showed marijuana metabolites. However, debate over whether the material actually enhances performance raged on. The doping watchdog in 2013 took a middle path by raising the in-competition threshold from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 nanograms per milliliter. This was done to give cover to those who smoke marijuana out of competitions.
In Kang's case, sources revealed that marijuana found in his sample had exceeded 150 nanograms, which suggests that he had used it during the competitions. However, since marijuana is a banned in India under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act of 1985, it's to be seen whether the athlete is booked under the act.
An anti-doping specialist said Kang might be able to wriggle out of the case because there is debate over marijuana being treated as a performance enhancer.
The AFI officials, meanwhile, were not available to comment on whether they would reject Kang's entries for the continental and world events.