Monika Devi cleared; unlikely to make it to Beijing

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New Delhi, Aug 9 (UNI) Weightlifter Monika Devi has been cleared of doping charge but may still miss the plane to Beijing with the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) stating that it is too late for her to be able to participate in the Games.

''It is too late for Monika to go to Beijing now and take part in the Olympics because we have closed the entry process. Monika's name has been withdrawn from the contingent,'' IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh said.

Randhir Singh said even IOA President Suresh Kalmadi will not be able to help Monika out.

''Kalmadi cannot help Monoka. What can Kalmadi do? This is not the National Games. It is Olympics and only the IOC has the power to take a decision,'' Randhir maintained.

Deputy Chef-de-Mission of the Indian Olympic contingent in Beijing Baljit Singh Sethi was also not hopeful of Monika's chances of competing in the mega event.

''Monika just cannot take part in the Beijing Olympics. The organisers have not yet accepted her entry and to be honest at it will be very difficult for her to compete here,'' Sethi said.

Monika had qualified for the 69kg category weight category but her name was withdrawn after she tested positive for steriods.

Her withdrawal had sparked a controversy with Monika alleging that it was a conspiracy against her.

''I am innocent and I am being targeted. This according to me is politics played by Shailaja (Pujari), along with the Association. I won't make such a mistake at all because I don't want to end my career like this,'' a visibly upset Monika had said.

The chief minister of Manipur is in the capital to meet the PMO and to urge Monika's case.

The weightlifting competition at Beijing is scheduled for August 13.


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