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Former EC chief to probe Monika case

india Updated: Aug 13, 2008 23:11 IST

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Seeking to clear the air over the dope testing controversy surrounding weightlifter Monika Devi, Sports Minister M S Gill on Wednesday asked former Chief Election Commissioner T S Krishnamurthy to investigate the matter.

Krishnamurthy has been asked to submit his report within a week, sources in the Sports Ministry said.

“On return from Beijing this morning, I have been briefed on matters related to Monika Devi, one of our weightlifters. Questions arose about her dope testing and the timing and release of the reports, which led to her not being sent to the Beijing Olympics,” Gill said in a statement here.

He said he had discussed all aspects of “this unfortunate incident” and decided to appoint an immediate inquiry under Krishnamurthy to go “into all aspects of this matter immediately so as to bring out the precise truth.”

Chinese judges cheated, says shooter

A JUDGING row flared on the Olympic shooting ranges after Australian veteran Russell Mark alleged that Chinese judges had helped a local win the Double Trap bronze medal.

Mark, 44, the Atlanta Games gold medallist who finished fifth in the event on Tuesday, told the Australian media that local judges had awarded a hit to Chinese shooter Hu Binyuan even though he missed the target.

“One of them clearly he missed,” Mark was quoted as saying by his country’s media.

“I don't think anyone out there thought he hit it. If that had been for a gold medal, I would have been protesting.”