Doping in every sport has become a modern day menace, not only in India but across the globe, prompting authorities to tighten the noose. Anti-doping agencies like WADA and closer home NADA are always buzzing with activities racing against time to clean up the system. Yet, there is always a fresh case of doping doing the rounds at any given time.
Similarly, the latest is Indian weightlifter Swati Singh is currently under the surveillance of International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) for returning negative analytical finding for morphine. However, there is no charge leveled against the lifter as IWF is yet to ascertain whether there was a deliberate violation on her part. Morphine is a banned substance in sports which falls in the narcotics sub-category and is a stimulant. It is very much there in the WADA prohibited list.
Morphine falls in the narcotics sub-category of drugs under specified stimulants which are prohibited in competition, as per the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list.
The IWF has not clarified the competition where Swati might have gone wrong. Swati is a bronze medalist in CWG 2014 in the 53kg category. She’d finished third in the National championships in February and finished seventh at the Asian Championship in April. “IWF reports that the sample of Ms. Swati Singh (IND) has returned an Adverse Analytical Finding for Morphine (S7. Narcotics),” reads their website. But, until it is proven, Swati cannot be pronounced guilty of any wrongdoing by the agency.
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