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Ban on Indian Weightlifting Federation lifted

india Updated: Oct 12, 2006 13:40 IST

International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) has decided to waive off the suspension on Indian Federation, serving a one-year ban for doping misconduct, in lieu of a fine allowing its athletes to get back into action at the upcoming Asian Games.

The IWF has informed the Indian Weightlifting Federation that their weightlifters would be free to take part in any international event once they pay the fine amounting to USD 50,000.

"The Indian Weightlifting Federation shall pay the fine of USD 50,000 and remain suspended from the membership of the IWF only until the whole amount of the fine is duly paid to the IWF," the IWF said in a letter to the Indian body.

The IWF also declared that the money procured would be utilised for the purpose of anti-doping activities.

"The IWF Executive Board declares that the fine shall be used for the purpose of anti-doping activities," it said in the letter.

The national Federation was suspended for 12 months till March next year after India's Edwin Raju and Tejinder Singh tested positive for a banned steroid at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games early this year.

Shailaja Pujari and B Prameelavalli were the other two who returned positive tests in the pre-event doping tests conducted by WADA officials at the national camp in Patiala.