Omission of Monika from India squad to Beijing Olympics
MOA decides to boycott Natl Championships/National Games

Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 08: Taking a strong exception against the 'dubious' manner in which L Monika was excluded from the Indian squad to Beijing on the ground that one of her samples had tested positive for an anabolic salt, the Manipur Olympic Association has decided that in case Monika is not sent to for the Games, the State Association shall not participate in the National Championships and National Games.

Announcing this while speaking to reporters at the conference hall of the MOA today at 1.30 pm, president of MOA, E Binoykumar said that according to reports that have been received from the Indian Weight-lifting Association, all the tests conducted on Monika may be deemed to be negative.

Explaining, the MOA chief said that the conclusion that Monika can be deemed to be clean is drawn from the fact that the results from the National Drug Testing Laboratory, which forwarded its reports to the Sports Authority of India, had given her the clean chit on many occasions.

The few which were not made available cannot be counted as they have already crossed the time limit of 50 days, which is according to the prescription of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

The MOA president said this in obvious reference to some reports that Monika was disqualified on the findings of the samples which were taken on June 6, 2008.As per the reports submitted by the Indian Weightlifting Federation to the Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs, the sample tests taken on June 29, 2008 and July 15, 2008 had given the clean the chit to L Monika, said E Binoykumar and that this is more than needed to establish her innocence.

Speaking further, E Binoykumar said that the decision to boycott all National Championships and the National Games was taken during a meeting between representatives of MOA, State Sports Associations, Student Organisations at the MOA conference hall to discuss the issue surrounding Monika today at 8.30 am.

The meeting also decided the urge the Government to penalise the policemen who were responsible for beating up the rallyists near Sanjenthong yesterday at about 11 am while they were on their way to submit a memorandum to the CM.

The MOA has also demanded that the Govt of India should probe the circumstances leading to the exclusion of L Monika from the squad and to take up suitable action if anyone is found manipulating with the results of her samples.

It was also decided that the administration of SAI, NERC will remain suspended till the investigation is completed.