The doping saga took yet another twist as the sacked coach Yuri Ogrodnik and tainted athlete Ashwini Akkunji came out in their defense blaming supplement piracy for the revealed doping scandal.
"I'm innocent and have never failed a dope test before this", said Akkunji who was a member of the 4X400m team that won the Commonwealth and Asian Games' gold medals.
Akkunji, who was also awarded several cash rewards of a combined amount of Rs. 1 crore for her triumphs told NDTV that supplement contamination is the reason behind the dope shame, "Latest tests area result of contaminated supplements. It's sad since I made many sacrifices during my career".