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Friday 04, May 2012

  Brief reprieve for banned Indian athletes

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The anti-doping appeals panel has pushed back the date of commencement of the one-year bans on four Indian athletes.

Asian Games double gold medalist Ashwini Akkunji, Sini Jose, Tiana Mary Thomas, and Priyanka Panwar are among the four athletes who challenged the one-year suspensions imposed by the anti-doping disciplinary panel.

The latest verdict gives the athletes another chance to qualify for the Olympics.

Monday 03, Oct 2011

  Two-year ban likely for three Indian athletes

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The prospect of a two-year ban loomed large for Asian Games and Commonwealth Games medalist Sini Jose, Jauna Murmu, and Tiana Mary Thomas.

This was after their ‘B’ samples too tested positive for anabolic steroids.

 The disciplinary panel, headed by Justice Dinesh Dayal, will be finalizing the dates for the hearing soon.

Wednesday 28, Sep 2011

  Ashwini Blames Food Supplements

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Aswini Akkunji, the disgraced athlete involved in the latest doping scandal, believes consumption of food supplements supplied to her and other athletes by athletics coach, Yuri Ogorodnik, would have been the reason for the failed dope test.

Akkunji remarked she is innocent as far as consumption of performance enhancing drugs is concerned.

The coach, Ogorodnik, already has denied his involvement with supplying steroids to the athletes. “I only brought medals for India, not drugs,” he claimed.

Wednesday 21, Sep 2011

  NADA and AFI resolve jurisdictional issue

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The issue of jurisdictional overlapping between Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) over the disciplinary hearing of dope tainted athletes Mandeep Kaur and Jauna Murmu was resolved with the AFI deciding to transfer the case to NADA.

NADA had written a letter to the AFI to transfer the case to its disciplinary panel after receiving a clarification from the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The issue was resolved after NADA said the tainted duo had also tested positive in the test conducted by it.

Monday 22, Aug 2011

  Gambhir recommends action against dope offenders

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Gambhir recommends action against dope offenders Gautam Gambhir, the prolific Indian cricketer, has expressed his concerns about the growing doping menace that has shocked sporting fraternity of the country in the last few days.

Comments of Indian opener came in wake of eight athletes testing positive for anabolic steroids in the last few days.

Doping in any sport is a concern. What is illegal is illegal. Action should be taken against any sportsperson who is found guilty of doping. Even if a cricketer is also found guilty of taking banned substances, action must be taken against him as well,” said Gambhir.