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.
Eighteen Incheon Asian Games medal winners, including members of gold-winning Indian hockey, squash and women's relay teams, were today felicitated by their employers Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited for bringing laurels to the country in the multi-sporting event.
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.
The Indian men's hockey team regained the gold medal after a gap of 16 years while the women's 4x400m relay team also picked up a yellow metal as India added four medals to jump to the ninth position in the overall standings in the 17th Asian Games here on Thursday.
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.
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 Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, which on Friday handed one-year bans to India`s six top women athletes, in its findings concluded that the bottles of `Ginseng Kinapi Pil` given by sacked coach Yuri Ogorodnik were contaminated and contained banned substances.