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NADA bans six Indian women athletes

December 23, 2011 - New Delhi

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) today announced one year ban for each of the six women althletes who had flunked dope tests for banned steroids.

The six women athletes, including Asian Games double gold medalist Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose, Mary Tiana Thomas, Priyanka Pawar, Jauna Murmu were not present when the decision was announced.

The athletes are permitted to appeal to the NADA appellate panel as their lawyers said that they would arrive at that decision once they thoroughly assess the judgment.

NADA panel head Dinesh Dayal announced a reduced penalty period as the athletes were not found guilty of intentionally taking the banned substances. The maximum suspension stands at two years for first-time violators.

The athletes to may still be allowed to participate in 2012 London Olympics next year if the suspension order comes into play.


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