Indian weightlifter Monika fails dope test

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{image-monica devi_06082008.jpg}New Delhi, Aug 6: Monika Devi, Indian weight lifter and contingent for the Beijing Olympics 2008 was tested positive in the dope test and was withdrawn on Tuesday, Aug 5 from olympics. She was tested positive for "anabolic" salt in a test conducted on Sunday, June 29 and was withdrawn from the squad before her departure to Beijing.

Hailing from Manipur, Monika was the lone weightlifter in the 56-member strong contingent to represent India in the 69-kg female category at the Beijing Olympics, which begin from Friday, Aug 8.

Earlier this year, she won a silver and two bronze medals in the Asian Championships in Japan to book the berth for India in Olympics. In July this year she beat Shailaja Pujari of Andhra Pradesh in the pre-Olympic trial conducted by Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF).


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