Indian Weightlifting Federation has decided to take the moral responsibility
India’s national weightlifting federation committee has stepped down after taking responsibility for the rampant doping in the sport in the country, the Indian Olympic Association said Tuesday.
The national weightlifting body was facing another suspension after three more weightlifters were caught in World Anti-Doping Agency tests at a training camp recently.
“In the meantime, the Indian Weightlifting Federation has decided to take the moral responsibility of the doping violation committed by the weightlifters and decided to step down,” the statement said.
“The Indian Weightlifting Federation has requested the President, Indian Olympic Association, to take appropriate action and fresh elections will be held soon,” the statement added.
India has repeatedly faced embarrassment due to doping among weightlifters and the national body was banned in 2004 and 2006, because three or more lifters tested positive in a calendar year.
Last year, Egyptian Magad Salama resigned as national coach citing doping among senior lifters.
(by Sanjay Rajan)