Krishnan Madasamy and Subrata Pal: Caught in Indian sport’s vicious circle

first_imgKrishnan MadasamyA fallen athlete is a lonely one. Who remembers Subrata Pal today? Tomorrow, who will remember Krishnan Madasamy? Both lifters, separated by 12 years, were stripped of Commonwealth Games medals and their stories run parallel, a sign how little changes in Indian sport.Kolkata-based Pal, 38 today, who tested positive,Krishnan MadasamyA fallen athlete is a lonely one. Who remembers Subrata Pal today? Tomorrow, who will remember Krishnan Madasamy? Both lifters, separated by 12 years, were stripped of Commonwealth Games medals and their stories run parallel, a sign how little changes in Indian sport.Kolkata-based Pal, 38 today, who tested positive after winning silver in Auckland in 1990, lives quietly, working for Eastern Railways. Madasamy, whose tainted Games silver came in Manchester this year, shares a one-room home with a friend and is a painter at the Integral Coach Factory in Perambur near Chennai.Two evenings after winning his medal in 1990, all Pal was told by officials was that he had to return home from Auckland. He was banned for two years and to this day maintains he was never told what “substance” he was banned for.”If we get into trouble, our coaches just desert us.” Subrata Pal, 1990 Commonwealth Games weightlifterMadasamy, who tested positive for a nandrolone derivative and could face a two-year ban, says he consumed only vitamins and creatine and cleared a dope test in March and was tested again between April and July.When he tested positive in Manchester, he said he volunteered to undergo a blood test. “But Games officials told me it cost too much. Lifting was my passion but I just don’t feel like doing anything anymore.”Pal claims his coach Pal Singh Sandhu kept track of and gave him all the medication he ever took. “He did not trust anyone else with it.” After his test, Pal said he found Sandhu unwilling to help. “If we win a medal, they’re always around to share the limelight,” he says. “But if we get into trouble, they just desert us.”advertisementPal and Madasamy have been caught in Indian sport’s vicious circle – Sandhu is still coach of the national weightlifting team.last_img read more