Anju Bobby George has been upgraded to gold status in the 2005 World Athletics Final in Monte Carlo following the disqualification of Tatyana Kotova of Russia by the International Association of Athletics Federations, following the recent re-testing of the latter’s sample collected at the 2005 World Championship in Helsinki.
While Kotova has been slapped with a suspension till January 2015 for testing positive for formestane, Anju, who finished with silver then, has now been conferred the gold and she will soon get a certificate that will testify her achievement.
Speaking to our Principal Correspondent in Bangalore, an elated Anju said: “At last it has come. I have been waiting for it for nine years. It really feels like justice.”
“For those three years — 2003, 04 and 05, I was one of the best in the world. I knew everyone ahead of me was doing it (doping), but I was helpless because I couldn't prove it. I always had my doubts about Kotova,” Anju said.
“But I am proud that I stood up. Only the top-eight athletes in the world can participate in this event. Looking at the line-up I competed against I can say that I am like the world champion.”
Anju’s fifth place finish at the 2005 Helsinki World Championship’s long jump event was also upgraded to fourth.
“I am still hopeful about Athens (Olympics). They could change that result too,” she said.