Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) has suspended javelin thrower Gajendra Kumar and woman quartermiler Jasmin Joseph for doping violations during the last National Games in Guwahati. The AFI recently informed the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) that both these athletes were suspended for two years following hearings conducted by it.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) had earlier found them guilty of doping violations, along with seven others and disqualified them and annulled their results in the National Games held last February.

Gajendra, the U.P. javelin thrower who won the silver in Guwahati, has been suspended from July 14 for two years.

He tested positive for the stimulant mephentermine.

Jasmin, the Kerala runner who won the 400m gold in the games, has been suspended up to May 6, 2009.

She tested positive for steroid nandrolone. The results of both the athletes from February have been annulled.

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