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No hope of reprieve for dope-tainted athletes

other Updated: Mar 20, 2012 23:28 IST
HT Correspondents/Agencies

The country's top four female quarter-milers, Ashwini Akkunji, Sini Jose, Priyanka Panwar and Tiana Mary Thomas, facing doping charges, might not get a reprieve despite the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) appellate panel announcing on Tuesday that the suspension should be from the date of sample collection and not from the date of the 'A sample' testing positive.

There was hope that the panel verdict would give the athletes a chance to participate in the London Olympic Games qualification events, but with the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) expected to appeal the case in the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, the chances look bleak.

In fact, the one-year ban handed out to dope offender, Mandeep Kaur and Jauna Murmu, by NADA has already been challeneged by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in CAS. IAAF is seeking a two-year suspension.

Dos and don’ts for athletes in Olympics

NADA issued a list of dos and don'ts to athletes, who will represent India in the London Olympics, strictly warning them against the usage of performance enhancing drugs.

The list states that the athletes should not be in possession/trafficking of any prohibited drugs of WADA/NADA.

It also says they should not be in administration or assistance of any type of prohibited substance/method or activities.

It has adviced athletes agaiinst taking any medical treatment from inexperienced physician/pharmacist.

It also states that players should not take any food supplements on their own from local market without verifying it or ingest any proteins/food supplement only on the advice of senior players, Entry free for India Open Super Series In a bid to avoid empty stands in the stadium and to encourage more spectator turnout, the organisers of the India Open badminton Super Series have decided to keep entry free.

The tournament will be held at the Siri Fort Sports Complex from April 24-29. A three-member team from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) visited the venue on Tuesday.

This event is the last event which will be considered for Olympic qualification. Top players are expected to participate in it as precious ranking points are at stake.