AFI expels two junior athletes from the National Championship for owning syringes

GUNTUR (Andhra Pradesh): according to its policy of not using needles, the Athletics Federation of India on Saturday he banned two athletes from participating in the National Youth Championships here for owning syringes.

Parkash Singh and Rajasthan's de Chandigarh Dhananjay they found that they had syringes and vials in their bags in the call room, the AFI He 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 biometrics card to athletes so that they do not have to undergo long age-verification process at each meet.

AFI President Adille J Sumariwalla said, “With this competition, AFI has implemented biometric unique identification process that will prove to be a game changer in tackling age fraud and cheating. We want to promote fair play and keep the 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.