By George, Anju gets gold eight years later
New Delhi (Agencies):Anju Bobby George could get a Gold, 8 years after competing in the World Athletics finals (2005), if the International...
New Delhi (Agencies):Anju Bobby George could get a Gold, 8 years after competing in the World Athletics finals (2005), if the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) decides to strip Russia's Tatyana Kotova of her medal due to doping charges. While Kotova's positive result is from the Helsinki World Championships 2005, which were held just prior to the World Athletics finals, it is almost certain that the Gold will be taken away if she is found guilty in the disciplinary procedures. Six athletes from Russia and Belarus, including three gold and two silver medalists, have been caught for doping in retests of their samples from the 2005 track and field world championships in Helsinki.A In a reaction to the major development, Anju, told the Times of India that she was not at all surprised by the decision but is wary of the outcome so many years henceforth. "All these years I was waiting to hear this news as I had my doubts. The performances of all the three (Tatyana) Lebedeva - 7.07m, (Irina) Simagina - 7.05m and Kotova - 7.05m in Athens were doubtful. Britain's Jade Johnson even went on record that the trio's performance was not fair. But it is too late now to catch them," Anju told TOI. "There were reports that they conducted only random testing in Athens. If they had tested more competitors there would have been more positive cases. There are reports about more positive cases from the Helsinki meet and who knows I may move up further," said Anju, who last competed at the Beijing Games.
28 Jan 2020 12:57 AM GMT