Lifters dominate 2011 dope list

New Delhi, Feb 22 (PTI) Weightlifters and powerliftersdominated the list of 25 dope offenders released by SportsMinister Ajay Maken in the Parliament here today.

Replying to a question on what steps the government wastaking to tackle the menace of doping in Indian sports, Makenlisted the number of athletes who flunked tests this year.

As it turned out, weightlifters (10) and powerlifters (7)made up more than half the list with six boxers adding to thelist.

A cyclist and football player completed the 25 who havebeen reported.

According to statistics given by the Ministry for thepast three years, most dope cases were reported in 2010 when204 sportspersons made the list.

The number was 79 in 2009 and lower at 69 in 2008.

So far this year, there has not been a case of anywrestler or track and field athlete being reported.

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