Dope scandal hearing adjourned for Sept 14

Updated: Aug 18, 2011, 16:47 PM IST

New Delhi: Six top athletes who were
involved in the recent dope scandal, including Asian Games
double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji, today appeared before
the NADA Disciplinary Panel which adjourned the case for
September 14.

Besides Akkunji, those who appeared before the Dinesh
Dayal-headed panel were her 4X400m relay team-mates Mandeep
Kaur and Sini Jose and three other quartermilers Juana Murmu,
Priyanka Panwar and Tiana Mary Thomas.

Long jumper Harikrishna Muralidharan`s case was heard
separately and his case has been adjourned for September 16.

The six quartermilers sought some documents relating to
the testing of the dope samples and the panel told the
athletes` lawyer to file an application to the National Dope
Testing Laboratory before the next hearing.

The eighth athlete involved in the dope scandal, Sonia
has already been heard by the panel and the judgment has been
reserved.

The `B` samples of all the eight athletes have returned
positive for anabolic steroids and they have been put under
provisional suspension.

PTI