279 Indian athletes failed dope tests in two years, says country's sports minister

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Some 279 Indian sports people have tested positive for banned substances in the last two years, the country's sports minister said on Monday, adding that weightlifters topped the list of drug cheats.

The National Anti-Doping Agency had conducted 9,898 tests over the last three years, Jitendra Singh told parliament, while naming all the offenders in a written statement.

The national- and international-level athletes tested by the authorities are not well known.