New Delhi: In a shocking revelation, several dope-flunked athletes were not penalised for their offenses from 2001 to 2008 by their national sports federations (NSF) and this came to light after the NADA Anti-doping Panel released a list on the orders of the Delhi High Court.
Around 120 athletes out of the list of 360-odd, whose names were released on Thursday, were found to have been unpunished by their respective federations even after they flunked dope tests.
This can be referred from the columns left blank for required action against these 120-odd athletes in a 37-page list issued by the NADA panel pertaining to the period from 2001 to 2008.
The list was released by the NADA body after Delhi High Court passed an order in July 2009, asking it to take appropriate action against the dope-flunked athletes for the period of 1991 to 2008, on a Public Interest Litigation filed way back in 2000 by 1992 Asian marathon champion Sunita Godara.
Sports Authority of India had submitted two lists of dope offenders -- of 257 and 301 athletes -- before the High Court, one on July 24, 2001 (pertaining to 1991 to 2001) and the other in 2009 (pertaining to 2001 to 2008).