We are ready to cooperate with probe panel: AFI

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 17:26

New Delhi: Under fire after the doping
scandal that rocked the country, the Athletics Federation of
India today said that it is ready to cooperate with the probe
panel set up by the sports ministry and help in getting to the
bottom of the menace.

The AFI came under severe criticism after eight athletes,
including Asian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji
and her gold medal winning 4x400 relay team-mates Mandeep Kaur
and Sini Jose, flunked dope tests for anabolic steroids and it
said it agreed to the "six point" decision taken by Sports
Minister Ajay Maken after the scandal.

"The federation is ready to fully cooperate with the
probe panel set up by the Sports Minister to go into the
bottom of the scandal. We fully agree to the six point
decision taken by the minister," AFI Director M L Dogra said.

Dogra said the AFI is yet to get any written intimation
from the sports minister to submit a report on the scandal but
said the federation will comply after getting such an official
communication.

"Yesterday, I heard the minister saying so in the press
conference but we have not got any official communication. May
be we will get it after the probe panel members and its head
are announced. We will comply with and send a report to the
minister after getting official communication," he said.

"We have also instituted our internal inquiry on the
doping episode. The three-member committee will submit
preliminary report within a month and final report within
three months," he said.

The Pakistan Premier spoke about the country`s
relations with its neighbours and a wide range of issues,
including the war on terrorism, during his address at the
"de-radicalisation seminar" organised by the military to
discuss ways to wean people away from militancy and extremism.

Referring to the South Asian region, Gilani said
Pakistan is committed to "working in unison with all
neighbours for establishment of peace and elimination of
terrorism".

A "stable united, friendly and peaceful Afghanistan"
is in Pakistan`s best interest, he said.

"Pakistan wants an independent and sovereign
Afghanistan without any external influence," he remarked.

In recent months, Pakistan has been jockeying for a
greater role in negotiations with the Afghan Taliban as the US
begins the process of withdrawing its troops from neighbouring
war-torn country.

Within Pakistan, Gilani said, his government`s
counter-terrorism strategy was "home-grown and indigenous in
character".

The strategy comprises four Ds, dialogue, deterrence,
development and defeating the terrorists` ideology and
mindset, he said.

"The government galvanised public support against
terrorism and gave political ownership to the national
struggle against terrorism," he said.

Law enforcement operations conducted by Pakistani
security forces were a "success story" that is being emulated
in Afghanistan, he claimed.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 - 17:26

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