International Weightlifting Federation has announced one year ban on Indian weightlifters prohibiting them from taking part in any international events till March 2007.
The ban will be effective from March 2006 when two Indian weighlifters -- Tejbir Singh and Edwin Raju -- tested positive for banned substance stanozanol during the Melbourne Commonwealth Games.
Shailaja Pujari was another lifter to test positive for the same substance during the pre-event national camp at Patiala.
As per the IWF rules, three positive cases in one calender year invite ban for a country.
B Prameelavalli was the fourth lifter caught doping and she was pulled out of the Melbourne-bound squad at the last moment.
The IWF had announced the ban on its website imediately after the Melbourne Games but were undecided on the duration of suspension to be slapped on the national body which has been caught in the doping net for the second time within seven months of coming out of a one-year suspension period after the Athens Olympics fiasco.
"The IWF conveyed us yesterday that our lifters will not be able to take part in any international events for one year -- till March 2007. The ban will be effective since the time of Commonwealth Games where our lifters tested positive," Indian Weightlifting Federation President H J Dora said.
"But the Federation activities will be on and we will continue our competitions at domestic level," he said.
The IWF had earlier posted on its website - "Regrettably, four adverse analytical findings were reported on the occasion of doping controls carried out on the Indian national team members this year. The Indian Weightlifting Federation has been suspended, the duration of which will be decided by the IWF Executive Board at the end of May."
"The four competitors concerned are B Prameela Valli, Shailaja Pujari, Edwin Raju and Tejinder Singh. Their provisional suspension will remain in force as long as all the applicable procedures have been completed," it said.