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Sunita Rani not involved, coach tells panel

New Delhi: The one-man Sushil Salwan Committee on Thursday questioned Indian athletics team coach for the Busan Asian Games, Bahadur Singh, in connection with the doping scandal involving Sunita Rani.

After questioning the former shot-putter for hours, Salwan said Bahadur “firmly believes Sunita is not involved”.

Salwan, who is the vice-president of the Amateur Athletics Federation of India, said Bahadur told him that “he does not know anything about it though the final results showed that she had tested positive”.

Salwan, who had recorded the runner’s statement on Wednesday, Day I of questioning, did not disclose further details saying “it is too early to say anything concrete now”.

He is likely to question Sports Authority of India officials and doctors besides AAFI officials on Friday.

Sunita Rani, who was stripped off the gold and bronze medals she had won at Busan, had said in a statement on Wednesday after a two-and-a-half hour closed-door meeting with Salwan that “I am totally innocent. I have done nothing wrong.”

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