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Yuri submits report to SAI, wants to go home

Yuri Ogorodnik, the sacked foreign coach, has submitted his report on the doping fiasco to the Sports Authority of India (SAI). He hopes SAI will now allow him to return to his country.

india Updated: Jul 10, 2011 23:33 IST
Saurabh Duggal

Yuri Ogorodnik, the sacked foreign coach, has submitted his report on the doping fiasco to the Sports Authority of India (SAI). He hopes SAI will now allow him to return to his country.

On July 7, SAI had issued a letter to him, stating: "Before we clear your dues, and relieve you of your charges, you are required to submit a detailed statement explaining your position with regard to the failure of the dope tests by six Indian athletes, who were being trained by you, at the national coaching camp, in progress at the National Institute of Sports (NIS)."

After submitting his report, Ogorodnik said, "I submitted my report to the NIS executive director on Friday and even requested the SAI authorities to let me go home. Hopefully, I will be returning to Ukraine soon. In my report, I have written the points I told the media."

Ogorodnik's contract as a consultant expert coach and technical advisor to Indian athletes was renewed by SAI on April 26 this year and was supposed to run till August 31, 2012.

Jealousy a reason?
Ogorodnik said there are chances that an athlete could have contaminated the supplement.

"There is also a possibility that some fellow athlete had mixed some banned substance in the food supplements. It is not possible to have three different anabolic substances (for which the athletes tested positive) in one supplement, Ginseng. Jealousy among athletes might have led to this.

"Ten years ago, we were caught in a similar situation. Then also, we had doubts that one of the athletes had mixed a banned substance in the food supplements of other athletes and that led to positive dope tests. But since we have no evidence about this, we can't be sure."