A day after Asian Games champion Ashwini Akkunji tested positive for using a banned substance, the sports ministry sacked Ukranian coach Yuri Ogrodnik who had trained six of the eight athletes who failed the dope test.
Ogrodnik, who has been in charge of the women’s 400m, 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay teams since 1999, was asked to leave immediately."The positive dope tests of eight athletes brought disgrace to the entire country. We have decided to relieve the foreign coach (Ogrodnik). I will personally ensure that officials who are responsible for it (scandal) should be penalised," sports minister Ajay Maken said.
Maken also ordered a judicial probe under a retired high court judge into the doping case and said the tainted athletes will have to face action and penalty.
Ogrodnik said he was being framed in the case. “I am not a fool to tell athletes to buy and consume something which is in the banned list.”