Monika seeks punishment for 'guilty' officials
Weightlifter Monika Devi, who was forced to give the Beijing Olympics a miss due to bungled dope test, has threatened not to take part in any national or international event.india Updated: Aug 19, 2008 14:44 IST
Weightlifter Monika Devi, who was forced to give the Beijing Olympics a miss due to bungled dope test, has threatened not to take part in any national or international event until the officials who "wrongly accused" her of failing the test were punished.
Monika, a 69kg category lifter, said she was a victim of politics in sports.
"I could not take part in the Olympic games as a result of politics in Indian sports. All those who are responsible for framing false charges against me must be pulled up and given befitting punishment," she demanded.
An emotional Monika who arrived here from New Delhi on Monday, said she never knew politics in Indian sports would be "so dirty to the extent that an innocent player who had worked hard would be dropped at the last minute from participating in the Olympic games by framing false charges."
At a function organised in her honour, she welcomed the support given by the people of her state who called a bandh on Tuesday in protest against her exclusion from the Olympic squad.
"The stand taken by the people of my state for a victimised player like me is simply overwhelming," she said with tears in her eyes while seeking the continued support of the people in finding out the truth and punishment to the guilty.
Earlier, the Manipur Olympic Association (MOA) had dcided not to participate in any national championship and the coming National games if Monika Devi was not sent to Beijing.