Athlete Mandeep Kaur denies allegations, claims innocence

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New Delhi, Jul 1: Mandeep Kaur the Indian athlete who failed the dope test claimed innocence denying allegations against her that she took steroids.

"I am in the International Registered Testing Pool of the WADA after the Asian Games and I am not a mad person that I would take steroids to enhance performance. "Steroids remain inside the body for three months and how can any athlete who is in the international testing pool take drugs," said Mandeep.

Mandeep is among the other six who have been suspended provisionally after failing the dope test conducted by International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

Mandeep suspected that the drugs could have been present in the vitamins and food supplements that she took from outside where she was undergoing training at NIS Patiala.

"I suspect the food supplements, vitamins we took could have created the problems. We don't have a doctor and we don't know which drug can create problems. We ourselves can't become doctors," Mandeep said. "We bought the supplements and vitamins by ourselves and I want them to be tested whether they contain steroids," said Mandeep.

"I had not taken any banned substance in my career. I have been running at the top level for the last 6-7 years and this is the first time it is happening. "Why should I do something which would taint the reputation of my family?" said Mandeep.

The revelations have come as a shocker to the whole country after Jauna Murmu, Sini Jose, Mandip Kaur, long jumper Hari Krishnan, shot putter Sonia and runner Tiana Mary Thomas were tested positive for anabolic steroids.

All the six athletes have been suspended by the NADA.

Mandeep Kaur is a gold medal winner in the Commonwealth and Asian Games.

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