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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.

Thursday 29, Sep 2011

  Dope cases transferred to NADA

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Bringing an end to the duplication of results management process between the two bodies, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on Wednesday agreed to transfer the dope cases of quartermilers Mandeep Kaur and Juana Murmu to the National Anti-Doping Authority of India (NADA).

The AFI medical panel that heard the cases of the two athletes who tested positive in an out-of-competition test conducted by the world body at the NIS in Patiala, has concluded its proceedings.

NADA supremo Rahul Bhatnagar said the NADA panel, headed by Dinesh Dayal, will decide on the dates in the next two days.

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.

Saturday 24, Sep 2011

  Yuri Ogorodinik to be fired

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Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodinik was given a hero’s welcome last year at the Delhi Airport after the Indian sprinters had won two gold medals in the Guangzhou Asian Games.

The 75-year-old coach was immediately given a salary hike of 25 per cent by the sports ministry and was highly recommended by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).

Eight Indian athletes have tested positive for anabolic steroids and many now blame Ogorodinik for the entire mess.

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.

Saturday 17, Sep 2011

  Sacked coach claims innocence

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Sacked Ukaranian coach Yuri Ogorodnik on Saturday claimed innocence in the present doping scandal which hit Indian athletics.

Ogorodnik said he never gave any anabolic steroid to his wards.

“I am a professional coach and I don’t give dope,” he said. “How can I give steroids to girls who are on WADA list? Girls believe in me and I believe them,” he told reporters in Patiala on Saturday.

Saturday 03, Sep 2011

  AFI ready to cooperate with probe panel

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AFI ready to cooperate with probe panelThe Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has said that it is ready to cooperate with the probe panel set up by the sports ministry.

The AFI is under fire after the doping scandal that rocked the country.

“We have also instituted our internal inquiry on the doping episode. The three-member committee will submit preliminary report within a month and final report within three months,” Dogra said.

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.

Saturday 20, Aug 2011

  Asiad gold winner tests positive

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Asiad gold winner tests positiveTwo more female athletes from India have tested positive to an anabolic steroid, taking the count of doping accused to eight.

The two athletes are Ashwini Akkunji and Priyanka Panwar. Akkunji was a Gold medalist at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and 2010 Asian Games.

Commonwealth and Asian Games gold medalists Sini Jose and Mandeep Kaur last week flunked the tests conducted by National Anti-Doping Agency.

Friday 19, Aug 2011

  NADA may raid national camp rooms

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NADA may raid national camp roomsThe National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) of India has issued a warning to athletes and coaches that the Agency will now be forced to raid their rooms in national camp.

“This is the limit and it is disturbing that two of our best athletes ( Mandeep Kaur and Juana Murmu) have tested positive for banned drugs. If this trend continues we will be forced to conduct raids at the national camps,” NADA chief Rahul Bhatnagar told TOI.

The National Anti-Doping Agency is determined to ensure that all the athletes training for the London Olympics are clean, said NADA chief Rahul Bhatnagar.

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