Randhir slams dope cheats, says they know about banned drugs

Last Updated: Sep 07, 2010, 21:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games Organising
Committee Vice-Chairman Randhir Singh today dismissed the
claims of dope-tainted athletes that they were not aware of
the banned substances and said that those guilty would be
punished under anti-doping rules.

Eighteen athletes from five sports recently tested
positive for banned substances, at least 11 of them for
methylhexanamine, and they have claimed that they were not
told by the Federations about prohibited drugs.

Randhir Singh, also Indian Olympic Association General
Secretary, said the athletes were aware of prohibited drugs
and there was no excuse for taking them.

"Sports Authority of India and respective federations
circulate about prohibited drugs. The team doctors know it and
they must have informed the athletes," he told reporters.

"It is very simple, you take the prohibited drugs or you
don`t. If you take drugs the WADA rules are very tough.
Everybody who takes banned drug will have to be punished. For
first offence you are struck out for two years and for second
offence you can be out for life," Randhir said.

He said Indian athletes should learn from the "terrible"
incident of weightlifting federation having to pay a hefty
fine of USD 5 lakh to avoid international ban.

"There was the terrible incident of weightlifting
federation. We should not allow such thing to happen again,"
he said.

PTI