New Delhi: Still rattled by the Narsingh Yadav dope scandal, India’s Olympic build-up was rocked by another doping fiasco as shot-putter Inderjeet Singh also tested positive for a banned substance but alleged that his sample had been tampered with.

The 28-year-old Inderjeet’s ‘A’ sample has returned positive for steroids androsterone and etiocholanolone barely 10 days ahead of the mega-event in Rio de Janeiro. The reigning Asian Champion has been informed by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

His out-of-competition test was done on 22 June, sources told PTI. NADA Director General Naveen Agarwal refused to confirm Inderjeet’s name given that his ‘B’ sample was yet to be tested but he did reveal that the shot-putter had recorded a whereabouts failure last month.

“Inderjeet Singh did have a whereabouts failure in the month of June, he did avoid it (the test). As for the dope tests, I cannot say about Inderjeet but two athletes have tested positive so far, including Narsingh," Agarwal said.

“It is the disciplinary panel before which the hearing will be held. If he (Inderjeet) is not satisfied, he can appeal with the panel of NADA. If the athletes cooperate with the panel then it doesn’t take much time for the process to be completed," he added.

The NADA has asked the Punjab-born athlete, who had won a bronze in the 2014 Asian Games, if he wants to get his ‘B’ sample tested. Inderjeet has seven days in hand to get the process completed. If the ‘B’ sample also tests positive, he will have to miss Rio Games beginning 5 August, besides facing the prospect of being banned for four years under the new WADA Code.

Inderjeet’s positive dope test comes barely two days after the high-profile scandal involving Narsingh that engulfed wrestling. Narsingh has alleged that he was framed by rivals, who spiked his food and supplements.

Inderjeet also claimed it was a conspiracy against him and his sample has been tampered with. “This is a conspiracy and there is something wrong in it. This will be checked by the doctors though. I don’t want to comment on it but whoever has tried to raise their voice in this country, they are forced to shut up," said Inderjeet.

“My sample has been tampered with. Why would a player take something which is not good for his health?" he added.

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