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14 athletes, six states banned

New Delhi: The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has banned six states, including Delhi and Haryana, for fielding over-aged athletes while slapping two year suspension on 14 other athletes for doping.

The decision was taken during a two-day meeting of the AFI executive committee on December 22 and 23.

“In order to curb the overage and doping menace, the executive committee of the Athletics Federation of India, which met here on December 22 and 23, have decided to enforce stringent measures on both erring athletes and their respective state units,” AFI said in a release.

“As much as 44 athletes found over-aged during the year in various age-group meetings have been barred for two years, while the six erring states, to which the above athletes belong, will be suspended for one year.

“The federation also noted 14 athletes were found positive on doping from the beginning of this year and thus, suspended them for a period of two years.”

The six states, namely, Delhi, Haryana, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh will not be able to field their athletes for the next season.

But the athletes of these states can take part in national events under the banner of AFI.