Kang named in India squad for Asian C’ships

New Delhi, April 17 

Javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang, who was recently cleared of doping charges by the Athletics Integrity Unit of the world governing body (IAAF), made a dramatic return to the Indian team as he was named among 43 athletes for the Asian Championships, starting in Doha on April 21.

The 30-year-old Kang was handed a provisional suspension in 2017 after his urine samples returned positive for anabolic steroids. But he was recently cleared of doping charges by both the AIU and WADA after the National Dope Testing Laboratory here withdrew the adverse analytical finding issued to his urine sample.

Kang, who has a personal best of 82.16 metres, did not touch the qualifying standard of 80.75m set by the Athletics Federation of India in any of the two events he took part this season but has been named in the team in the last minute. He finished fifth with a throw of 79.31m in the Federation Cup in March, while he managed 74.28m to win gold in the National Javelin Throw Open Championships on Tuesday. National record holder Neeraj Chopra will not travel to Doha due to an elbow injury. — PTI

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