first_img(REOPENS DEL 14) (REOPENS DEL 14) The Federation had been banned thrice in the past in 2004, 2006 and 2009, and India had to pay a massive penalty of Rs. 2 crore to the world body in order to participate in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Another suspension would not only be a huge embarrassment for the Federation and the country, especially in the run up to the Olympic Games, but will also be a major setback for Indias young and upcoming lifters. Out of the 26 weightlifters, who had tested positive earlier this year across different tournaments — both out-of-competition and in-competition — maximum offenders were from Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Manipur and caught at the National Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships, held in Yamunanagar, Haryana, in January. In its desperate attempt to put a halt to the doping menace, the Federation imposed a year-long ban on all four of its State units — Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Manipur — for returning highest number of dope cases since the beginning of the year. The IWF also cracked the whip on the coaches and imposed a two-year ban on the mentors of all those weightlifters who were tested positive. With the threat of suspension looming large, the Federation has recently decided to ban one more State unit, Services Sports Control Board, apart from those four, from taking part in the national championship, which is scheduled to commence in Patiala from tomorrow. PTI CM PM PMlast_img read more