CAS extends ban on 6 Indian women athletes for two years.

ashwini akkunjiNew Delhi: The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has increased a dope-related ban on six Indian women athletes from one year to two years, the reports said.

CAS posted on its website that it had endorsed an appeal by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for stricter punishment after Indian authorities handed a year-long ban to the athletes.

Attorney RK Anand told that “All six athletes have been banned for two years each starting from the dates of their provisional suspension in June-July last year. The decision has been intimated to us and we are contemplating our further course of action.”

The six athletes comprise Ashwini Akkunji, who wins gold medals in the 400m hurdles and the 4x400m relay at the Asian Games in the Chinese city of Guangzhou in 2010.

Akkunji, along with team-mates Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose, Jauna Murmu, Tiana Mary and Priyanka Panwar, tested positive for banned steroids like stanazolol and methandienone in June previous year.

India’s National Anti-Doping Agency had suspended the athletes for a year after the girls liable contaminated food supplements supplied by their earlier Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodnik for the positive results. Ogorodnik was fired from his post last July following the dope scandal.

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