IWF bans two lifers for life

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New Delhi, Oct 3 (UNI) Sateesha Rai and Boradi Prameelavalli have been banned for life by the Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) after both the lifters tested positive for banned substances for the second time in their career.

Indian Weightlifting Federation Secretary Baldev Gulati today said top male lifter Sateesha Rai, who was first caught and stripped of two gold medals and a bronze at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and woman lifter Boradi Prameelavalli have been banned.

''Yes, we have issued letters stating that they both have been banned for life,'' Gulati said.

Earlier, Rai was suspended for six months after he tested positive for a stimulant at the Manchester Games and was caught last year using the banned steroid stanozolol at the National games.

The IWF had sought clarification from the sport's world governing body whether Rai could be banned for life for a second doping offence because of his initial light punishment.

Prameelavalli, meanwhile, tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid in an out-of-competition test in 2006 and was caught last month with three others while competing in a junior national meet.

''You can say her ban is provisional because she has the option to go to court or appeal in the next three months,'' Gulati added.

The IWF has been marred by many doping controversies in the past and the federation was even banned for 12 months in 2006 after four weightlifters were caught doping within a year.

It was this reason for which Egyptian Magad Salama resigned as Indian coach earlier this year and claimed that doping has become very common among the lifters in the country.

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