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Dope tainted out of team

other Updated: Jul 03, 2011 23:06 IST

Dope tainted athletes Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose got the axe as Athletics Federation of India named a 37-strong team for the Asian Championships starting on July 7 in Kobe, Japan.

Mandeep and Sini, members of the Indian quartet that won 4x400m relay gold in Commonwealth and Asian Games last year, were caught for doping for anabolic steroids in the dope tests conducted by the IAAF. Four more athletes also tested positive for anabolic steroids in NADA tests.

Another member of the Commonwealth and Asian Games 4x400m relay squad Ashwini Akkunji, who also won gold in the 400m hurdles in Asian Games, has been named in the team.

National record holder in 800m Tintu Luka has been named in the 4x400m relay squad besides being selected in her pet event.