CM, MP assure interventions
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 06: Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh has stated that the charge that weightlifter Laishram Monika, who is to represent India at the Beijing Olympics has been tested positive in the doping test is doubtful and his Government is really concerned.

Talking to mediapersons at his office chamber this evening, Ibobi observed that nothing could be done if the charge has been proved then.

However, if it is smear campaign against Monika, then a 'second opinion' is essential.

Favouritism/nepotism should not be tolerated.

Taking serious note of the matter, secretary of Manipur Weightlifting Association Sunil Elangbam left for New Delhi and if necessary the Sports Minister could also send for holding talks, the Chief Minister added.

Meanwhile, Dr Thokchom Meinya, Member of Parliament from Manipur, in a letter written to the Union Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports (Independent charge) Dr MS Gill today demanded to investigate thoroughly and produce the white paper leading to the circumstances of last minute withdrawal of L Monika Devi selected in weightlifting for Beijing Olympic Games from the Indian contingent on the ground that she was positive in dope test.

Dr Meinya described the episode as a very unfortunate one and it was some sort of humiliation to the sports fraternity.

He said that Monika was selected after two trials in Pune and Bangalore.

The sports authority has earlier created controversy in the selection of her coach.

After the intervention by the Member of Parliament to the Ministry of Sports Anita Chanu was selected as her coach later.

Anita Chanu received L Monika Devi coming from Bangalore at the Delhi Airport last afternoon for their departure to Beijing.

Last minute withdrawal of L Monika Devi from the Indian contingent seems to be a pre-plan motive.

Though Manipur a small State, it has brought laurel for the country in the field of sports.

Earlier, Manipur had produced seven Olympians for the country.

For this Beijing Games, three from Manipur namely L Bombayla Devi in Archery, Kh Tombi Devi in Judo and L Monika Devi in weightlifting were chosen, Dr Meinya added.