12 Aug 2010

Indian weightlifters may not be able to compete in Delhi

10:44 am on 12 August 2010

Indian weightlifters remain unsure of their participation at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October as the country's federation struggles to cover an unpaid fine for repeated doping offences.

After six lifters failed drugs tests last year, the Indian Weightlifting Federation was handed a half a million dollar fine by the international body and face suspension from global competition if the amount is not cleared in full by the end of this month.

They have only paid a fraction of the fine.

The federation has named a 15-member contingent, including a reserve lifter, for the October Games and the list includes Monika Devi, who returns after serving a two-year ban for doping.

Doping has been a recurring problem with the IWF, which was slapped with a one-year ban by the International Weightlifting Federation in 2006.

India's men and women hockey teams may also miss the Games over a dispute between the International Hockey Federation and the sports ministry, who are backing rival groups to run the sport in the country.