Gill slams dope tainted athletes

Sports Minister M S Gill on Monday slammed dope flunked athletes who have caused a major embarrassment to the country barely a month before the Commonwealth Games saying that India does not want “dope tainted” medals.

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2010, 21:40 PM IST

New Delhi: Sports Minister M S Gill on Monday slammed dope flunked athletes who have caused a major embarrassment to the country barely a month before the Commonwealth Games saying that India does not want “dope tainted” medals.

“We don’t want dope tainted medals. We want them with clean means. Law will take its own course on the penalty (of dope flunked athletes). WADA has appreciated our work on dope testing,” he told reporters here.

Eighteen athletes have been caught for using banned substances in the past few days under NADA tests.

The ‘B’ samples of the six wrestlers today turned out to be positive for stimulant methylhexanamine, which was added as a banned substance only this year by World Anti-Doping Agency.

Four of them – men’s freestyle wrestlers Rajiv Tomar (120kg), Sumit (74kg) and Mausam Khatri (96kg) and women’s freestyle wrestler Gursharanpreet Kaur (72kg) – were removed from the Commonwealth Games squad.

Rahul Mann (60kg) and Joginder Singh (120kg) were the other two wrestlers.

Gill said the persistent rain at the Capital has upset the schedule of the preparations for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

“It a matter of concern it has been raining here. It is a wet September so far just like August. It has affected preparations for the opening and closing ceremonies. We have to do rehearsals also. We have to see how long rain continues. It all depends on nature,” he said.

PTI