World body rejects IOA request to allow Monika in Olympics

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Beijing, Aug 10 (UNI) The International weight lifting Federation (IWF) today rejected Indian Olympic Association's (IOA) request to allow Monika Devi to take part in the Olympics.

In a statement issued here IOA chief Suresh Kalmadi said despite the best of efforts, IWF has not accepted Association's appeal to let Monika Devi participate in the ongoing games.

''Despite our best of efforts and support, weightlifter Monika Devi will not be able to participate in the ongoing Olympic Games here. With the event at the Games having already begun, our persuasion with the organisers, the International Olympic Committee and the International Weightlifting Federation has been of no avail,'' Kalmadi said.

''I quote below the communication that has been addressed to the secretary-general of the Weightlifting Federation of India, Mr B R Gulati, by the president of the International Weightlifting Federation Tamas Ajan today. The same communication has been copied to our Chef-de-mission, Mr K Murugan, as wel,'' he added.

Meanwhile, President of the International Weightlifting Federation Thomas Ajan said, ''According to the International Olympic Committee protocol, it is not possible to insert, change or otherwise modify any athlete's participation or any other data for the Olympic Games.'' UNI HSB RKM PM1700

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