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Athletics

'There's more to it than Ginseng'
HT Correspondents, Hindustan Times
Patiala/Chandigarh, July 09, 2011
First Published: 23:23 IST(9/7/2011)
Last Updated: 01:14 IST(10/7/2011)

Yuri Ogrodnik, the sacked Ukrainian athletics coach, has brushed aside the insinuations that food supplements - Ginseng - brought from China during the Guangzhou Asian Games contained banned substances.

"The food supplements were first checked by Indian doctors before they were given to the athletes. I suggested the supplements only after checking its salts and ingredients," said Ogrodnik.

He instead laid the blame on the supplements bought by the athletes from the market.

"There was something fishy about the quality of supplements brought from outside the complex," he said, adding, the athletes had to buy supplements from outside the complex due to its shortage at NIS.

The Ginseng rumours have been doing the rounds for more than a week and HT, though in the know of things, doubted their authenticity, as the compound doesn't contain anabolic steroids, least of all a concoction of three different steroids as has been found in the urine samples of athletes.

Of Yuri's six trainees, four have tested positive foe methandienone, one for epimethandiol and one has got both methandienone and stanazolol in her urine sample.

"I am not running away from the fact that I handed over the four bottles (of Ginseng) to the athletes. But I am not ready to accept that they all tested positive because of it. There might be some contamination in other food supplements."

"Why blame Ginseng just because I bought it from China. The reports of six of my trainees found the presence of three different anabolic substances and my only question is how come three different substances can be present in Ginseng. Above all, why all of them didn't have all three substance in their body," he questioned.

Yuri bought four bottles (240 capsules) of Ginseng for $60 each.

"I have consulted three doctors, including a trainee of mine who is a doctor at WADA, and they are not ready to accept that three different anabolic substances - methandienone, epimethandiol and methandienone - can be present in one food supplement," said Yuri. "There is something more to it."

Claiming that he is innocent, the Ukrainian said he was open to an inquiry and wouldn't leave the country until the truth came out. "I have done no wrong, so I will stay back."

Making a special mention of Ashwani Akkunji, he said it's shocking to hear about her failing the doping test.

Yuri’s line of defence


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