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Monika cleared of doping charge

August 09, 2008 21:53 IST
Last Updated: August 09, 2008 22:19 IST

Weightlifter Monika Devi has been cleared of doping charges by the Sports Authority of India, but her chances of taking part in the Beijing [Images] Olympics [Images] appear bleak.

"All doping charges against Monika have been cleared by SAI, but IOA has not agreed on the ground that time is very short and they wont be able to reopen the entry process for her, but they will be trying to send her to Beijing tonight (Saturday).

The clearance for the lifter from Manipur, who was withdrawn from the Indian squad for the Beijing Olympics at the eleventh hour on July 7 after she reportedly tested positive for an anabolic stereoid, came after Chief Minister I Ibobi Singh took up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] in Delhi [Images] on Saturday.

The Indian Olympic Association said there is ittle time left for Monika to take part in the 69kg competition of the Olympics since and International Olympic Committee will not reopen the entry process for her.

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