Monika’s A sample positive again

The A sample of Monika Devi,the weightlifter who was prevented from participating in the Beijing Olympics at the last minute...

Written by Uthra Ganesan | New Delhi | Published: January 10, 2009 12:32 am

The A sample of Monika Devi,the weightlifter who was prevented from participating in the Beijing Olympics at the last minute because of doping allegations,has been tested positive for an androgynous substance after initial results from a WADA-accredited lab in Tokyo.

But things have only become more complex with the Tokyo tests saying that two of her four samples tested positive. The SAI reports back in August 2008 had said that one out of the four samples had been positive. Monika had been tested four times before the Olympics — on June 6 and 29 and July 15 and 28.

Indian Weightlifting Federation secretary BR Gulati confirmed that the A sample reports had come back. “All I can say is that the A samples have been tested and the testing of B samples is in progress,” he said.

But Monika’s husband Santosh Kumar told The Indian Express: “The letter we’ve got says that two of her four A samples were positive. This is all being done only to further confuse the matter and everyone in the system is bent on proving Monika guilty to save themselves.”

Her B samples from the four tests — more important and relevant to the case — are yet to be sent to Tokyo and will be tested on January 12. That is when,almost five months after the Beijing Olympics,an enquiry commission and several allegations and agitations later,it seems the matter will finally be laid to rest.

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