The wait of some dope-tainted athletes hoping to take part in the Games got longer as their hearing before the NADA disciplinary panel scheduled on Saturday was postponed to Monday.
The cases of 12 athletes, including Arjuna Award-winning wrestler Rajiv Tomar, could not be heard as head of the panel and retired additional district judge Dinesh Dayal was indisposed. The ‘B’ samples of the 12 athletes were positive for methylhexanemaine.
The panel on Wednesday lifted the provisional suspension handed to them after WADA shifted methylhexanemaine from ‘non-specified’ to ‘specified’ substance in the 2011 list of prohibited substances but reserved decision on the punishment which could range from a warning to a two-year ban.
Wrestlers Tomar, Sumit, Mausam Khatri and Gursharanpreet Kaur, swimmers Richa Misra and Jyotsana Pansare and shot putter Saurabh Vij hope that they are let off with a warning.