NEW DELHI: The Indian Weightlifting Federation is yet to pay up 50 per cent of the $50,000 fine imposed by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) last year following positive dope tests returned by four of its lifters. The deadline for the payment of the fine passed on June 30.

The IWF had initially imposed a one-year suspension and fine but lifted the ban last October and asked the federation to pay only the fine. On a request the IWF also allowed the Indian federation to pay the fine in two equal instalments.

“We have not been able to raise the necessary funds (around Rs 11 lakhs) needed to pay the last instalment. We were hoping to get some funds locked up with the (Union Sports) ministry, but that has not happened,” said the Indian federation Secretary, Balbir Singh Bhatia, on Wednesday.

Mr. Bhatia said he had written to the IWF seeking an extension of the deadline.

The actual suspension period ended in March this year and though the IWF allowed an early re-entry for India after payment of $25,000, paving the way for its participation in the Asian championships in China last April, it insisted that the federation pay up the rest of the amount by June 30. — Special Correspondent

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