IWF breather for Indian weightlifters

The international body has accepted Indian Weightlifting Federation’s proposal to pay the hefty fine in three more installments after the national body had paid the first one — of $50,000 — in January just before the South Asian Games in Bangladesh.

Under the payment schedule as approved by the international federation, IWF will have to pay $75,000 before April 4, $ one lakh before July 15 and $2,75,000 before August 15.

A letter sent by the International Weightlifting Federation chief Tamas Ajan to the IWF president Birendra Prasad Baisya said, “The participation of Indian Weightlifters in international events and the 2010 Commonwealth Games is subject to fulfillment of the conditions related to the payment of the fine for anti-doping violation.” “I wish to confirm that I do trust you as the new president of the federation that you will make order in this field (to root out doping),” Ajan added.

A relieved IWF Secretary Sahdev Yadav said the national body has raised the $75,000 to be paid by April 4 through personal loans and India will be able to send its team in the Asian Youth Championships from April 7-11 and Asian Junior Championships from April 11-16, both tournaments in Tashkent.

Meanwhile, the Indian Weightlifting Federation rubbished “reports in international media” that 25 lifters had tested positive during the Senior National weightlifting championships in Udaipur, saying actually five flunked dope tests there.

“It’s not true that 25 lifters returned positive in the Senior Nationals in February. Only five were found positive. Out of the five, the dope offence of four has been confirmed with their ‘B’ sample also turning out to be positive. The result of ‘B’ sample of one lifter is yet to come,” IWF Secretary Sahdev Yadav said.

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