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Nandi apprises Maken of SAI role in doping


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New Delhi: A day after he was roughed up by security officials at Patiala, former National Institute of Sports medical officer Dr Sajib Nandi on Thursday said he has “substantial evidence” to back his claim of organised doping going on at the institute with involvement of top officials.

Nandi, who was physically assaulted and denied entry into the NIS Patiala, met Sports Minister Ajay Maken here and apprised him of the “illegal doping practices” going on in the institute at the behest of senior Sports Authority of India officials.

“I apprised the minister about organised doping in NIS Patiala. I gave him a copy of the representation which I will submit to Justice (Mukul) Mudgal,” he told reporters here.

“The minister listened to me patiently and he was considerate. He was very sad to see the increasing number of doping cases. He wants to clean up sports,” he said.

Nandi alleged that he was beaten up by the security in-charge at NIS Patiala on the directions of institute’s executive director on Wednesday, when he went there to submit a representation to Justice Mukul Mudgal, who is probing the doping scandal involving.

Asked whether he had enough evidence to substatiate his claims, the former SAI doctor said, “I don’t have the habit of making allegations without substantial facts.

Ukrainian coach leaves India

Meanwhile, accused of being hand in glove with the athletes in the doping scandal, a bitter Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogrodnik on Thursday left for his country after appearing before the one-man committee appointed by the sports ministry to probe into the fiasco.

“Yuri has left the country this morning. He has placed his version on the doping episode before the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee,” the source said.

Yuri was accused of providing the athletes with food supplements not sanctioned by Sports Authority of India, which could have led to the dope flunk of six top athletes under his charge. (PTI)


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