NADA hearing of Megha Chaudhary to continue on Tuesday

Dope-tainted netball player Megha Chaudhary appeared before the NADA disciplinary panel on Monday and hearing on her case will continue on Tuesday.

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2010, 21:31 PM IST

New Delhi: Dope-tainted netball player Megha
Chaudhary appeared before the NADA disciplinary panel on Monday
and hearing on her case will continue on Tuesday.

Chaudhary, whose `B` sample also returned positive for a
banned steroid, appeared before the panel headed by retired
sessions judge Dinesh Dayal.

"Megha`s hearing has been extended and it will continue
tomorrow," NADA Director General Rahul Bhatnagar told reporters.

The hearing of the 11 other athletes who tested positive
for banned stimulant Methylhexanemaine will be held on
Wednesday and Bhatnagar said those in the Commonwealth Games
squad could be able to participate in the mega event if they
are let off with just a warning in the light of new WADA
decision.

World Anti-Doping Agency in its Executive Committee
meeting in Montreal on September 18 has taken off
Methylhexanemaine from the `non-specified` category of its
list of prohibited substances to put it among `specified
substances`.

The punishment for use of `specified substances` ranges
from a warning to two year ban whereas an offence for taking
`non-specified substance` would attract two-year ban.

Those athletes who have been named in the Commonwealth
Games can take part if they are handed lighter punishment like
a warning. But they have to prove that they have used the
substance inadvertently," he said.

Shot putter Saurabh Vij and swimmers Richa Mishra and
Jyotsna Pansare are in the Commonwealth Games squad while
wrestlers Rajiv Tomar, Sumit, Mausam Khatri and Gursharanpreet
Kaur have been replaced after their dope flunk.

Others who had tested positive but were not part of the
Games squad were wrestlers Rahul Mann and Joginder Singh,
discus thrower Akash Antil, swimmer Amar Muralidharan.

The `B` samples of all the 11 athletes have tested
positive for Methylhexanemaine.

Weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu, whose `B` sample has also
tested positive for Methylhexanemaine, will be heard by the
NADA panel at a later date.

PTI