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We want clean weightlifters at international events: IWF

December 25, 2011 15:49 IST

Country's weightlifters, who participated in international events, have come clean in several anti-doping tests, Indian Weightlifting Federation President claimed on Sunday.

"Not only we came clean, but International Weightlifting Federation, which slapped Rs 3-crore fine on India three years ago, is now praising our federation for its anti-doping measures," IWF President Birendra Prasad Baishya said.

He said the weightlifters, who had undergone around 450 doping tests in international events including Commonwealth Games and Asian Games last year, had come clean.

"Our main aim is to produce clean weightlifters to participate in international events," he said.

Baishya's remarks assumed significance as seven top track and field athletes were on Friday handed bans for flunking dope tests by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

He said Indian weightlifters still have chance to qualify for London Olympics last year. "Our weightlifters have a bright chance to participate in the next year's Olympic Games to be held in London," he said.

The qualifying test for the next Olympics will be held in South Korea in March, he added.

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