It's a Great Indian Dope Trick - Monika Devi

New Delhi, Aug 12:
Weightlifter Monika Devi on Tuesday alleged that there is a "huge conspiracy" to end her sporting career prematurely and termed the recent charges against her as "the great Indian dope trick".

Monika also expressed doubt whether she will be allowed to continue with the game even though her name has been cleared of doping charges.

"I want to continue with the sport and I need to have 'no objection certificates' from the IOA, SAI and IWF to compete in any future championship. After this media hype, I fear everything will fall into oblivion, and I may be deprived of taking part in any competition," Monika said.

Accusing SAI, Monika said the apex sports body in the country "stooped too low" and hatched a "huge conspiracy" in the selection process.

"I have been preparing for Olympics since the past three years undergoing strenuous training and several tests. None of the tests were found positive except for the June 6 sample collected in Pune.
"It (SAI) must have definitely manipulated my sample, otherwise how could other samples taken just about a fortnight later be negative? If it is not the great Indian dope trick then what is it?" she asked.

"Moreover, if I am tested positive, why was I still kept in Olympic camp for more than two months? How come they announced the result a few hours before I was about to leave for Beijing? Authorities concerned need to tie these loose ends and close the can of worms if any credibility has to be brought back to SAI and the Indian Weightlifting Federation.

"To prove myself, I am willing to undergo any test by an approved and independent testing agency. But anybody found guilty should not be spared," Monika said.
The lifter further claimed that there were lots of threats and mental harassment against her from a top-ranking official in SAI to "knock her out" of the Indian team in favour of another player.


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