New Delhi: The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) has not learnt from its mistakes. Banned thrice in the past by the international body for dope violations, the IWLF has now bent the rules to protect state associations and institutional teams serving one-year ban for doping.
The executive committee of the federation met at Itanagar on Tuesday and decided to amend an earlier rule, which gives the federation the right to slap a one-year ban on any state association or institutional team, whose two or more weightlifters are caught for doping in a calendar year at any championship.
Under the new rule that has been implemented with immediate effect, all state and institutional championships have been exempted from doping bans. A lifter would only be banned if he or she tests positive in a national championship or in a national camp, said IWLF secretary Sahadev Yadav.
To make it worse, a dope-tainted lifter can now also participate in the next national meet if he or she pays a fine of Rs 1 lakh.