Hearing on appeals on Jan 27

 The hearing of the appeal made by four of the six women 400 runners, who were banned for one year for doping, has been adjourned to January 27 by the National Anti-Doping Appeal Panel headed by Justice (retd) C K Mahajan.

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) lawyers requested for more time to study and file a reply to the appeal filed by the athletes’ advocate R K Anand.

The four athletes — Asian Games gold-medallist Ashwini Akkunji, Sini Jose, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Panwar — had put in their appeal for reduced sanctions to be eligible for the Olympic relay qualifications, the deadline of which is July 2.

NADA lawyers claimed to have a few records which were not considered during the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) headed by Justice (retd) Dinesh Dayal .The records, though, were presented to the panel, which had agreed to the athletes' argument that they consumed the banned substance through a contaminated supplement, ginseng.

Anand protested against the postponement, saying time was running out for the athletes but Mahajan said the prosecution lawyers had every right to file a reply. The panel has asked NADA lawyers to file a response by January 25.

NADA had already decided not to file an appeal after the NADA disciplinary panel imposed suspension on the athletes.

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