Following recent doping scandals, Wrestling Federation of India orders violators to pay fine or face life ban
The message is clear. Either pay up or face a life ban.
Following recent reports of doping yet again in the wrestling circuit, the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has finally called for more accountability on the part of the accused wrestlers, effectively asking the violators to either pay up or be gone.
The policy that is to be implemented will involve the offenders to pay the stipulated sum of money of ₹15 Lakhs to the WFI since the Federation is forced to pay that amount to the world body. If the dope accused does not pay the money, the wrestler will end up facing a life ban from the sport.
The frustration of WFI was compounded recently after it emerged that two wrestlers namely Jiten and Manish tested positive for a banned substance and the Federation has since taken the decision to pressure the offenders into paying the fine or risk facing a life ban altogether.
Sportskeeda got in touch with PR Sondhi, Wrestling Federation of India Executive Member, who spoke exclusively about the issue at hand. Not only did Sondhi confirm the reports of the fine having to be paid by the doping wrestlers, but further went on to slam the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) for their lack of efforts in the entire operation.
"NADA is not serious, it is a corrupt organization similar to politicians of our government. What they are doing in India, it's not right...they are not doing their best," he said. "If wrestlers don't pay the fine and run away, who will take responsibility for such actions?"
Doping in wrestling often rears its ugly head and its about time that there are strict and clear repercussions for the unfair actions of athletes. With the Commonwealth Games about to get underway, all eyes will hopefully be on the cleaner side of the sport in which India has so often excelled.