Doping: Justice still elusive for dope-tainted boxer Manjeet

first_imgJust as Manjeet Singh’s career was beginning to take off, the young boxer was dealt a body blow when he tested positive for a banned substance.That was a year ago. He is yet to get a proper hearing before the anti-doping disciplinary panel.The 22-year-old Manjeet, who is a railways employee, arrived for his hearing on Tuesday with former Indian boxing team doctor Karanjeet Singh but the hearing had to be adjourned till August 5 as one of the panel members did not arrive.Worse still, the 2007 Asian Championships bronze medallist is posted in Kolkata and has to make the journey to the Capital for the hearings, none of which have been conclusive so far. Karanjeet, who was with the Indian boxing team till the Delhi Common wealth Games, arrived from Himachal Pradesh where he is working as a medical officer, to testify that he had prescribed soframycin to Manjeet after the boxer suffered a road accident.The doctor claims that he had even written to the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) that the doctors at the NIS, Patiala, had applied clostebol on the wounds due to which he tested positive.”I checked the records at NIS, Patiala, and found that the nurse at the medical centre had used clostebol on his wounds, the substance for which he has tested positive,” Karanjeet told Mail Today. Records available with Manjeet also claim that the ointment applied on him was clostebol. But the records that NIS, Patiala, have furnished does not have any mention of using clostebol on Manjeet’s wounds.advertisementDefence counsel Rohit Kaliyar claims that NIS officials have fudged the records and the ones with him are authentic. Manjeet is worried that he hasn’t been given a proper hearing.”I am aware of what all has happened. I know that Manjeet hasn’t done anything wrong and it is only because of a mistake by NIS officials that Manjeet has landed into this soup. “But if this is how it works here, I won’t be able to come back again to testify. I get nothing for coming here. I have to bear my own expenses and don’t even get paid leaves to appear before the panel,” Karanjeet said.A senior scientific officer, who came from Patiala with the records, also said he won’t be able to attend the hearing on August 5.”I have to be present at the NIS on August 5 as Justice Mukul Mudgal, who is looking into the recent dope scandal, will be in Patiala. So I won’t be able to attend the next hearing,” the NIS official said.last_img