Former 600cc JK Superbikes Cup winner Vijay Singh was cleared of doping charges, with a new DNA test confirming that the sample tested positive for the banned substance was not his. The superbike rider had been hit with a four-year ban after discovering traces of Stanozolol in his urine sample, collected during the national racing championship in 2018.
- Singh received a four-year doping ban
- DNA test reveals positive sample did not belong to him
DNA analysis acquits Vijay Singh of doping
It was a long two-year journey for Singh, who approached the Delhi High Court to seek justice. Following the initial ruling, the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) suspended Singh for four years from the date the first notice of charge was issued on January 25, 2019.
However, Singh remained adamant that a mistake had been made. He appealed to the Delhi High Court, seeking to have the DNA sample tested to confirm it came from him. It is the first time in India that an athlete has sought to use DNA analysis to prove his innocence in a doping case.
On March 22, 2021, the Delhi High Court ordered NADA to take a DNA sample from Singh by March 25 and send it to a laboratory in London accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). All the costs of the same have been borne by Singh.
The results of these tests confirm that the sample containing traces of Stanozolol did not belong to him. Following an online hearing on Thursday, June 3, he was cleared of the charges against him. Speaking to Autocar India, Singh said: “I knew there was no way they could have found Stanozolol in my system.”
He also pointed out that the protocol requires that only the doping control officer be present with the athlete in the room when the sample collection takes place. Yet in his case in 2018, there were almost 20 people in the room.
Create a precedent
Singh hopes his story will set a precedent. Members of the two-wheeler community may be more familiar with his work as the founder of Rajputana Customs. He acknowledges that he is lucky not to be a professional runner and that he could afford the high legal fees required. “For those who do not have the financial support and the know-how to do it, moving forward will not be as difficult for them,” he hopes.
âI am relieved that this whole ordeal is over. I’m glad that in the future, at least, things are different for their standard operating procedure. [NADA] collect samples, run outreach programs and run a system in a way that’s meant to be run, âSingh added.
âI don’t want to speculate on how it happened. All I knew throughout this was that he [the positive sample] was not mine.
Autocar India has contacted NADA for a statement.
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