New Delhi, Sep 28 (UNI) In a significant decision, Delhi High Court today directed Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) to send the urine samples of national champion Anita Kumari to Malaysia to confirm whether she had flunked dope test or not.
Kumari, who was stripped of three medals she got at last year's senior nationals after her 'A' sample was found positive for banned substances, contended that International Weightlifting Federation rules required dope testing to be done only in WADA-accredited laboratories and since India did not have any such testing centre, she could not be penalised on dope charges.
She had prayed to set aside the dope positive result as it was voilative of law and conducted without complying rules laid down by the international sporting agencies.
Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul found merit in her plea and directed the Dope Control Centre of the Sports Authority of India to send Kumari's samples to the WADA accredited laborotory in Malaysia.
The Court also directed the Dope Control Centre to confirm whether the samples collected way back in December 2006 were still in proper condition to conduct further tests.
Kumari, through her lawyers H L Katu and Keshav Mohan, had argued that the samples collected in December 2006 must have been tampered with by now in a period of nine months.
The lifter, in her petition, accused the federation that taking advantage of non-existence of WADA accredited laboratory, sportspersons were being victimised by the officials and she has lost all oppurtunities to participate in weightlifting competitions.
The court directed the national federation to bear the initial charges incurred for the tests and if the tests are in favour of Kumari, then she will compensate all the charges to the federation.
The court, however, asked Kumari to refrain from competing in any championship at this stage while directing the federation to allow her carry on with her training programme.
Kumari was informed by the federation on January 8 this year that her sample collected on December 11, 2006, had tested positive for anabolic steroid non-androsterone (metabolite of stanozol) and epimethandiol anabolic steroid and hence was provisionally suspended from any competition.
She was also asked to return her three meadals which include one silver and two gold medals.
She was also informed by the federation that she has a right to ask for analysis of her 'B Sample'.