Sacked coach Ogrodnik denies charges, says ready to face probe
Breaking his silence in his first media appearance after the big doping scandal, sacked Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogrodnik denied charges of involvement in the row and said that he is ready to face any inquiry. Navrajdeep Singh reports.Updated: Jul 09, 2011 20:58 IST
Breaking his silence in his first media appearance after the big doping scandal, sacked Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogrodnik denied charges of involvement in the row and said that he is ready to face any inquiry.
"As I have done nothing wrong, therefore I am open to any enquiry and will stay in India unless and until the end solution would come. Moreover, Patiala is just like second home to me and I am personally attached with the city as I had been trainer here for many years," Ogrodnik said.
Denying the charges of giving banned substances to the athletes, the man surrounded by controversies, Ogrodnik said neither him nor the tainted athletes were at fault.
He further said that he is coach not a doctor who knows about salt and ingredients carrying steroids.
"As I have associated with the athletes from the very long time, therefore they are just like my children. I cannot even suggest them to take false steroids for the betterment of the performance. Moreover, I am a coach not masking agent," Ogrodnik clarified.
Claiming innocence, Ogrodnik said that there was nothing wrong with the supplements he brought from outside the country as they were used by the athletic fraternity of every country.
The imported supplements were tested by the Indian doctors. Due to shortage of food supplements in NIS, he suggested the players to buy food supplements from outside the NIS complex.
"The imported food supplements from China were first sent to the laboratories before being given to the athletes. I suggested the athletes with the best available food supplements available in the market after the checking the usage of salts and ingredients. There was something fishy in the quality of the supplements brought from outside the complex," said Ogrodnik.
"Moreover, the Indian government, Sports Authority of India and Athletic Federation of India always supported me and this time I am sure that the concerned authorities will support and cooperate with me," he added.
Giving the clarifications about the girls involved in the doping scandal, Ogrodnik said that the girls were not at all fault.
They had brought laurels to the country with their best performance ever on the international scene. They are the future of the Indian athletic world.
"The country should back these athletes as they are gems of the nation. They are innocent and I have lot of faith on the girls and they are innocent. Ashwini Akkunji is very hardworking and dedicated towards her event. She had worked hard for the last two years to give her 100% and it was shocking to hear about her involvement in the scandal," said Ogrodnik.