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I am innocent: Chanu

NOT MY FAULT: Indian weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu interacting with the media at I.G.I airport on her return from Athens.  

NEW DELHI, AUG. 21. Tainted lifter Sanamacha Chanu, who was stripped of her fourth place in the 53-kg class after testing positive for furosemide, told newspersons at the airport, vehemently put forth her defence and said, "someone mixed some substance in my tea or coffee. But I cannot name the person because I don't have any proof."

Chanu who appeared before the International Olympic Committee's anti-doping commission on Thursday, said the laboratory that tested her on August 15 had indicated that the banned substance was taken within an hour of the competition.

Chanu dismissed suggestions of diuretic intake in order to bring down her weight to make the 53-kg class. She shot back, "why should I use it? I weigh 52 kgs and I don't have to reduce it. Moreover, it makes you weak."

Malleswari, who did not finish her first lift in the 63-kg class due to backpain, said, "I injured my back during warm-up. Accidents do happen. But I still wanted to give it a shot since I had come all the way for the Games."

Speaking from Yamunanagar, in Haryana, on Saturday, Malleswari said, "I will soon be meeting my doctor. I will resume my training as per medical advice."

IOC order on Chanu

Meanwhile the International Olympic Council (IOC) Executive Board has decided to withdraw the identity and Olympics 2004 accreditation of Chanu.

The IWF has been requested to modify the results of the 53kg event, where Chanu finished fourth and directed the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to return the Diploma of participation awarded to the competitor as early as possible. — Our Special Correspondent