Barely 10 days before the deadline for India to pay a hefty $3,75,000 doping fine, Sports Ministry on Friday asked the Commonwealth Games organisers and India Olympic Association (IOA) to impress upon the International Weightlifting Federation for reduction of the penalty amount and re-scheduling of payments.
Indian Weightlifting Federation was fined $5 lakh after six lifters tested positive last year and the national body has paid $1,25,000 from its resources in two installments. It had asked Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and the Ministry an interest free loan of Rs one crore each to pay the fine by August 31 deadline.
The Ministry has written to CWG OC and IOA to sort out the issue by asking International Weightlifting Federation for reduction of the “prohibitive” fine and rescheduling of the payment so that Indian lifters can take part in the CWG and Asian Games in China in November.
“The federation has paid $1,25,000 by borrowing from different sources and have expressed their inability to raise the remaining amount. Under these circumstances, it is the primary obligation of IOA as a National Olympic Committee and the Organising Committee for the Delhi CWG to ensure that the Indian teams participate in all sports disciplines and all events,” said a letter written by Joint Secretary Sports Injeti Srinivas to IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi.