Just a couple of days ago, the dope-tainted athletes like Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur figured in government's lucrative TOPS scheme list, but none of these relay quarter-milers could find a place in 47-member team for the Asian Athletics championships in Wuhan, China.
Back into the limelight after serving a two-year ban due to a dope offence, two-time Asian Games gold medallist Mandeep Kaur on Saturday said that she has silenced her critics who thought her career was over with her feat in the just-concluded Incheon Games.
Keen to make an impression a year after her doping ban ended in July 2013, India`s premier athlete Ashwini Akkunji is eyeing a medal in the individual 400 meter hurdle at the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
Dope-tainted runner Ashwini Akkunji, double gold medallist in the Asian Games, was back in the main fold Saturday as she was named by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) in the Indian women`s 4x400m relay squad for next month`s World Championships in Moscow.
Double Asian Games gold-medallist Ashwini Akkunji looked set to make it to the Indian women`s 4x400m relay squad for next month`s World Championships in Moscow after she finished joint second in the trials held at Patiala today.
Quartermiler Ashwini Akkunji, who early this month completed her two-year ban period for a doping offence, is contemplating to run in the women`s 4x400m relay trials on July 19 for a place in the Indian quartet for next month`s World Athletics Championships in Moscow.
Indian athletics' biggest doping scandal involving six top women athletes, including three Asian and Commonwealth Games gold medallists, ended with the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sports awarding an enhanced ban of two years on them.
The six Indian women athletes, who were caught for steroid doping last year, lost their case in the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland as it upheld the IAAF`s appeal to impose two-year ban on them.
The hearing on the appeal by IAAF in the case involving six Indian women quartermilers, including Asian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji, was held at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) at the headquarters at Lausanne, Switzerland today.
Taking note of banned athletes like Ashwini Akkunji and Sini Jose training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) Centre at Sonepat, Sports Minister Ajay Maken admitted that this was a serious issue and they were probing the matter.
Not satisfied with the one-year ban handed out to top four Indian quartermilers, including Asian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji, in the doping scandal, the World Anti-Doping has appealed against the decision and pleaded for a two-year sanction on the atheletes.
The appeals hearing on the one-year ban on India`s four top quarter-milers, including Asian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji, before a National Anti-Doping Agency panel was today adjourned for January 27.