Doping scandal: Mudgal committee clears tainted athletes

Updated: Dec 09, 2011, 10:31 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

New Delhi: The Mukul Mudgal committee, appointed by the sports ministry in the wake of doping scandal that hit Indian athletics in July this year, has given a clean chit to the eight athletes involved, according to reports.

The report added, the one-man committee concluded that this was ‘accidental and not a deliberate act of doping.

Eight Indian athletes including Mandeep Kaur, Ashwini Akkunji, Sini Jose — who were part of the 4x400 metres relay gold winning quartet at the Commonwealth and Asian Games — Priyanka Panwar, Juana Murmu and Tiana Mary, plus long jumper Hari Krishnan and shot putter Sonia had tested positive for prohibited substances during out-of-competition testing in July this year.

The one-man committee headed by retired high court chief justice Mukul Mudgal is understood to have given a clean chit to the eight athletes who had tested positive for prohibited substances during out-of-competition testing in July this year.

The athletes were suspended and the services of their Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodnik were terminated.

However, the athletes will have to wait for the verdict from National Anti-Doping Agency’s (NADA) disciplinary panel to decide their participation at next year’s London Games.