AFI expels two youth athletes from National Ships for owning syringes

Guntur (Andhra Pradesh), November 2 () In accordance with its policy of not using needles, the Indian Athletics Federation banned two athletes from participating in the National Youth Championship here on Saturday because they had syringes.

It was discovered that Parkash Singh of Chandigarh and Dhananjay of Rajasthan had syringes and vials in their bags in the call room, the AFI said in a statement.

On the first day of the competitions, Haryana's Gurpreet and Himachal Pradesh's Seema marked the best personal moments to win the crowns of children under 20 thousand 10,000 m and under 20 thousand 5000 m on the grounds of Acharya Nagarjuna University here.

In the field events, Kerala long jumper Sandra Babu drew attention with a better personal mark of 6.16m.

Arvind Sharma of Delhi, a silver medalist last year, won the record launch of under 16s with an effort of 50.16m.

AFI also became the first National Sports Federation to issue a biometric card to athletes so they do not have to undergo a long age verification process at each meeting.

AFI President Adille J Sumariwalla said: With this competition, AFI has implemented a unique biometric identification process that will prove to be a game change in the fight against age fraud and cheating. We want to promote fair play and keep sport clean. We want to save genuine athletes who suffer fraud at the hands of age. The same goes for doping, we are attentive during meetings and do not follow the needle policy. Any person caught with syringes will be suspended with immediate effect. NSA PDS