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IOA promises "strictest" action against Sunita Rani

The Indian Olympic Association on Wednesday said it will take "strictest possible" action against disgraced runner Sunita Rani.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2002 16:07 IST

The Indian Olympic Association on Wednesday said it will take "strictest possible" action against disgraced runner Sunita Rani if reports that she has been stripped of her Asian Games medals after failing dope Tests in Busan are found to be true.

Sunita Rani, who won the gold in women's 1500m with a new Games record and a bronze in 5000m, tested postive for banned substance nandrolone and her B-sample confirmed the result today, according to reports from Busan.

IOA president Suresh Kalmadi said he was unaware about the result of the B-sample but if it was true, "exemplary punishment" would be given to the athlete.

"All the logical steps will follow, including the ban as per the rules of the Olympic Council of Asia and the Asian athletic federation," Kalmadi told PTI.

"Such incidents deserve the strictest possible punishment. We cannot tolearte the use of drugs by an athlete," he said.

At the same time, this incident should not take away the credit from other athletes who had performed admirably at the Games, Kalmadi said.

"The athletes have done a wonderful job. They have won more than 15 medals and one such incident should not take away the honour these athletes have brought to the country," Kalmadi said.

Following the withdrawl of one gold and one bronze medal, India slipped one place in the medal table and are now placed eighth with ten gold, 12 silver and 12 bronze medals.

First Published: Oct 16, 2002 16:07 IST