Krisnamurthy rules out malafide against Monika

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New Delhi, Sep 12 (UNI) T S Krishnamurthy, enquiring into the Monika Devi dope Test issue, today submiitted his report to Sports Minister MS Gill in which he has recommended that the weightlifter's 'B' sample be examined by an international laboratary since no concrete evidence of malafide by any individual was found against the athlete.

''I would now suggest that the 'B' sample should be examined by an international laboratory. Should the athlete test positive in the test of 'B' sample she has to face the consequences. On the other hand if the test confirms her innocence she needs to be adequetely and suitably compensated,'' Krishnamurthy said in his report.

During the course of his enquiry, Krishna Murthy had meetings with Monika Devi, the officials of the Ministry, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) as well as the Indian Weightlifting Federation.

Krishnamurthy, who is a former Chief Election Commisioner, also suggested in his report that there should be a regulatory wing under the sports authority of India to bring about uniform procedures in respect of certain areas of Sports administration.

''The Regulatory wing should be under the supervision of a council constituted with members of internationally distinguished Indian sportspersons,'' he added.

He further added in his report that in order to emphasise this aspect, the government should consider restructuring the Sports Authority of India (SAI) as Sports Development and Regulatory Authority of India.

He, however, admitted that there has been a considerable delay in completing the test of Monika Devi and in communicating the same to the athlete. ''Had the testing been done within the stipulated time and the result thereof being communicated immediately the disappointment and the mental shock the athlete had by sudden abrupt communication could have been easily avoided.'' Krishnamurthy also recommended that the persons with tainted report or track record should not go as coach atleast for international competitions.

Meanwhile, Monika Devi refused to react to the Krishnamurthy's report and said once she has a look at it then only she will put forward her views.

''I don't want to comment on the matter till I read the report,'' Monika said.

''But I was not told by anyone that I had tested positive for the second time which is mentioned in the report,'' she said Accepting the report, Gill thanked Krishnamurthy for completing the enquiry within short period and promised that the Ministry will take early action based on findings, and recommendations.

Monika was stopped from going to Beijing at the eleventh hour on dope charges before being cleared by a review committee appointed by Indian Weightlifting Federation, but by that time it was too late for her to join the Indian contingent in Beijing.

Monika Devi had termed the actions of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) as ''unreasonable and mala fide'' and alleged that she failed to go to Beijing Olympics because of the ''deliberate lapse'' on the part of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

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