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October 13, 2002 | 1625 IST

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 said.

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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Sunita Rani's coach denies doping report

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