Indian weightlifting giant Mirabai Chanu, who won gold medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games, has asked the Indian sports ministry for setting up CCTV cameras in her room at the national camp to avoid doping scandal incidents as she fears that her food could be spiked to implicate her in a doping, the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) stated on Monday.
The 23-year-old world champion Mirabai has been subjected to an surprising 45 dope tests in the last four years but she came out clean every time.
Looking at the request, the IWF has further asked the ministry to install CCTV cameras at important locations like the training and dining halls as well as at other places where the weightlifters come in contact with outsiders.
“We have written to the Sports Authority of India and Sports Ministry to install CCTV cameras at the national camp at NIS Patiala so that we can know what is happening there. We don’t want any doping case from our weightlifters,” IWF Secretary General Sahdev Yadav told media.
“Mirabai has also written to the ministry through us to install CCTV cameras inside her room so that she can monitor who comes in and goes out of her room.
“You never know somebody may just come in and put something inside her room or her food or drink while she is at the washroom or somewhere. She does not want to take a chance,” he added.
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