That was minor, though, compared to the news that Pratima Kumari had failed a dope test. Since the test had been conducted before the event, there was immediate speculation. Could the lifters have deliberately botched their lifts, citing back trouble? Plausible, either way, since weightlifters quite often suffer from back problems.
However, more shame was in store. On Thursday evening came the shocker that Sanamacha Chanu, the Indian lifter who had come in a creditable fourth in the 53 kg category, had tested positive for a banned diuretic. This time, the drug was discovered when Chanu failed a dope test after her performance.