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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.

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.

Tuesday 02, Aug 2011

  Female athletes fail doping test

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Female athletes fail doping testTwo of the quartet of golden athletes from India have tested positive for steroids as the dope cloud over Indian athletics grew darker.

After Mandeep Kaur who had tested positive two days ago, Sini Jose was found to have used anabolic steroids.

“All six tainted athletes have been provisionally suspended by NADA,” said M L Dogra, director, Athletics Federation of India.

Thursday 28, Jul 2011

  Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose axed

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Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose axedThe Athletics Federation of India has named a 37-strong team for the Asian Championships starting on July 7 in Kobe, Japan.

The team does not include dope tainted athletes Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose.

Mandeep and Sini were caught for doping for anabolic steroids in the dope tests conducted by the IAAF.