Foreign coaches booted in doping scandal by Sports Ministry

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New Delhi, Jul 5: In a case that brought India shame in the doping scandal involving top athletes, the Sports Ministry has decided to crack the whip on the Ukranian coach, Yuri Ogrodnik. In a bold stance on the shameful episode, the ministry have decided to boot out all the foreign coaches in the athletics camp.

The matter had bought considerable shame to the Common wealth game gold medalists. The Sports Minister Ajay Maken made the statement in a press conference on Tuesday. A total of eight athletes were caught in the doping scandal.

Maken slammed the foreign coaches and their role in the doping episode. The athletes have feigned innocence in the episode and reiterated that they haven't consumed any banned substance on purpose. They were tested positive in the tests carried out by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF).

Maken also called for a judicial probe under a retired High Court judge into the high profile doping case and has said that the athletes will have to face action in the scam. He said, "A judicial inquiry under a retired High Court judge into the doping case is ordered and the athletes will themselves face action and penalty."

He also said that a more proactive role will be played by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) and added, "NADA will have to track the movement of drugs in and around the coaching camps and greater vigilance of the coaches and the doctors will be done."

Some of the athletes who have been involved in the doping shame are Ashwini Akkunji, Priyanka Pawar, Asian Games gold medallist Sini Jose, Tiana Mary Thomas, long jumper Hari Krishnan, and shot putter Sonia, Mandeep Kaur and Juana Murmu.

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