More Indian weightlifters banned for doping.

Indian weightlifter Shailaja Pujari has been banned for life for doping and five other Indian lifters have received four-year drug bans.

Pujari, the 75-kilogram gold medallist at the 2002 Commonwealth Games, tested positive for a banned substance in September for her second doping offence. She also tested positive for steroids in 2006 and was dropped from the Indian team for the Commonwealth Games.

Vicky Batta, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist in 2006, was among the five others banned for four years and fined US$5,000.

Baishya, who recently took over the helm of the Indian weightlifting body, said he planned to clean up the sport. “I am determined to make it a drug-free federation and win medals without drugs,” he said.

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