DELHI : The final day of the open trials for javelin throwers saw unusual scenes. It started with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) officials spotting an imposter posing as the bronze medallist Amit Dahiya. This was followed by the bizarre sight of him sprinting out of the venue, crossing the road and disappearing into the fields. The group of officials that chased the proxy returned to the track only to realise that Dahiya had gone into hiding.
The final frame of the day with just two throwers – Davinder Singh Kang (gold) and Vipin Pawar (silver) – on the podium summed up the reigning commotion and confusion as the curtain went down on Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) ambitious talent hunt to discover the next Neeraj Chopra.
The drama kicked off after the men’s finals when Haryana thrower Dahiya was asked by NADA officials to head to the testing area. However, during the verification process the officials realised that the person who had come to provide them the urine sample wasn’t the bronze medallist. Realising that their plan had failed, Dahiya’s proxy fled from the testing room. As the NADA officers ran after him, officials from the Haryana State Athletics President and security guards too joined the pursuit.
“Woh dekho kheton ke beech se bhag raha hai. (Look at him running through the fields),” an official said while pointing to a fading figure. Later, the search party tried to find Dahiya but failed. A stadium guard told the officials that he had seen Dahiya nervously walking near the exit, only to head back to the track.