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Monika’s B sample tests positive

New Delhi, March 27 (PTI): The B sample test of Manipuri weightlifter Monika Devi, who was stopped from participating in the Beijing Olympics last year on dope charges, has returned positive for a banned substance in a World Anti-Doping Agency-accredited laboratory in Tokyo.

Monika’s B sample was sent for testing to Tokyo by the sports ministry on the recommendation of T.S. Krishnamurthy Commission report which was set up to look into the doping episode.

The 28-year-old weightlifter’s dope test had an “adverse analytical finding” which cost her a chance to take part in the Beijing Olympics and sparked protests in her home state.

Under the normal procedure, any lifter who wants his or her B sample tested should bear the cost but in Monika’s case, the sports ministry footed the bill and a representative of the 69-kg lifter also travelled to Tokyo on government expense.

“The decision of the Sports Authority of India to stop her from going to Beijing was correct as Monika’s B sample test in the Tokyo laboratory has returned positive for a banned substance. Nobody is speaking about it now because a case is pending in Delhi High Court,” a source said.

IWF officials would not confirm the dope result as the matter is sub-judice. But it is learnt that the federation has received a letter from the National Dope Testing Laboratory in this regard.

Monika will now attract an automatic two-year ban from the IWF as this is her first dope offence and it will virtually rule her out of the 2010 Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games in Guangzhou in China next year.

The Manipuri lifter had filed a case before Delhi High Court to quash the dope result that had stopped her from going to Beijing on the ground that the authorities had not followed the Wada rules.

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