Indian athlete stripped off gold medal
By John Edwards, Panaji, Jan 28 : It has been a shameful moment for the ongoing Lusofonia Games as Team Goa-India's Sumit Malik, who won the 400 metrea gold in the Men's 400 metres race has been stripped off his medal for violation of Lusofonia Games anti-doping rules.
The organisers said that he illegally participated in the games in lieu of provisional suspension imposed by National Anti Doping Agency, India (NADA).
Malik had been undergoing a provisional suspension from Jan 7 which debars him from participating in any international or national event.
"As per the anti-doping rules the athlete should have refrained from taking part in this competition. As the athlete has taken part in the Lusofonia Games 2014 keeping the organizing committee in the dark about the above mentioned fact, the Committee has decided to strip off his medal," a press statement issued on Tuesday said.
The organizing Committee received the information from National Anti-Doping Agency at 7:00 pm on Jan 27 that Malik has been served a notice at his home address.
NADA has also informed the copy of the first notice was also sent to the Athletics Federation of India.
The results of the 400 mts Men's Final and the overall medal tally will now be ratified accordingly.
The Lusofonia Games, which started on Jan 18, will end on Wednesday.
--IBNS (Posted on 28-01-2014)
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