Aizawl, May 22 (UNI) Breaking the silence over her suspension, world champion boxer Jenny R Lalremliana today said she was not aware that the drug she was taking for her swollen leg was a banned one.
Ms Jenny is facing a two-year ban by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) after she tested positive of a banned drug at the recent National Games in Guwahati.
''I had no idea that I took a banned substance and it came as a shock to me when I heard the news of my suspension. Our doctors advised us to take prescription whenever we buy medicines to prevent ourselves from being accused as taking banned drugs. But now I am facing this suspension and do not know what to say in my defence,'' she lamented.
Ms Jenny had taken a drug called Laxix for her swollen leg before participating in the National Games where she won a gold medal.
The drug was later detected after she was tested in Bangkok because there was no such equipment in India.
Although Jenny had been stripped of her national gold medal, she retained the world championship medal because she was 'clean' of any banned substances at the Third World Womens' Boxing Championship in New Delhi last year where she beat her Swedish opponent to become the world champion.
Meanwhile, Jenny-fans here alleged that her suspension was the handiwork of some people in the Indian Boxing Association who did not like the 25-year-old pugilist. However, Ms Jenny refused to comment on this.
Mizoram Amateur Boxing Association president Dr Zorammawia alleged that the IOA officials could have saved Jenny from suspension.''Moreover, Laxix, the drug Jenny took to treat her swollen leg does not make you stronger, but weaker. I can tell you no athletes would take this type of drug to enhance their performance,'' he added.