Dope tainted athletes’ hearing adjourned
The disciplinary panel of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on day adjourned the hearing into the doping cases of quarter-milers Mandeep Kaur and Juana Murmu till July 20.india Updated: Jul 16, 2011 00:00 IST
The disciplinary panel of the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on day adjourned the hearing into the doping cases of quarter-milers Mandeep Kaur and Juana Murmu till July 20.
Mandeep and Juana, who failed out-of-competition tests of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), were represented by their advocates Sandeep Khatri and Rajat Bharadwaj.
The AFI had to adjourn the hearing as the documentation of their 'A' and 'B' sample tests conducted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) were not available.
"Their lawyers wanted the documentation of the samples. But since these reports were not available with us we had to adjourn the hearing. The documents couldn't be done due to technical reasons. The hearing will held on July 20," said ML Dogra, director, AFI.
Mandeep, who won the 400 metres relay gold in the Commonwealth and Asian Games, tested positive for methandienone and stanozolol, while Juana, who missed a podium finish in the 400 metres in the Asian Games, tested positive for methandienone. Both substances fall in the category of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) and are included in the WADA prohibited list.
The two athletes, who face a ban up to two years, have laid the blame on their food supplements. Six other athletes have also failed dope tests conducted by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).