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Two Indian weightlifters face life bans for doping
Reuters
New Delhi, October 13, 2009
First Published: 12:50 IST(13/10/2009)
Last Updated: 13:35 IST(13/10/2009)

Two Indian weightlifters face life bans for second doping offences and the national body fears it could be suspended again if there is another positive test before the end of the year, a senior federation official said on Tuesday.

Shailaja Pujari, a women's 75kg gold medallist at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and men's 56kg lifter Vicky Batta were caught in out-of-competition tests last month, Indian Weightlifting Federation secretary Balraj Gulati told Reuters.

"We've received adverse findings in the case of both lifters," he said, adding that Pujari tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

"They have a few days to ask for the B sample test."

Pujari tested positive for the steroid Stanozolol and was dropped from the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Batta, caught in a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) test, had won silver in that competition.

India has repeatedly faced embarrassment due to doping among weightlifters, and the sport is part of next year's New Delhi Commonwealth Games. The federation was banned in 2004 and 2006, penalised for three or more lifters testing positive within a calender year.

Last year, Egyptian Magad Salama resigned as national coach citing doping among senior lifters.

"We're not giving up, we are definitely seeing an upswing," Gulati said. "There were 40 surprise tests by WADA in September, but only one was positive."


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