Rani denies having
taken banned drug
India's 1500 metres gold medallist Sunita
Rani, who tested positive for nandrolone, has denied having
taken any banned drug but said she was on a liver medication
for some time.
According to India's chef-de-mission Jagdish Tytler, Rani told the Olympic Council of Asia medical panel on Saturday night that she had not taken any banned drug.
However, she said she had been taking 'Liv52' every day
for the past seven to eight months.
The panel took into consideration Rani's statement and
fixed October 25 for the second test of her urine sample.
"We demanded that the test should be done in Bangkok and
not Seoul. But the rule book was shown to us which said the
second test should be done at the same place where the first
has been done," Tytler said.
He said they also demanded that a different set of
personnel conduct the second test which was also agreed to.
"It was agreed that three people including the athlete
could be present during the second test on October 25," Tytler
Weightlifter Satheesha Rai, who tested positive in the
Commonwealth Games and was stripped of his medals, had also
tested positive for nandrolone which is a masking drug.
Rani, who also won a bronze in the 5000 metres, would be stripped
of her medals only if the second test on her B sample also
returns postive result.
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