Six Indian athletes gets two-year ban in doping

Indian athletics' biggest doping scandal involving six top women athletes, including three Asian and Commonwealth Games gold medallists, ended with the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sports awarding an enhanced ban of two years on them. The world's highest sports tribunal upheld International Association of Athletics Federation's (IAAF) appeal to increase the ban period of quartermilers Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur, Sini Jose, Juana Murmu, Priyanka Panwar and Tiana Mary Thomas from one to two years. 
Their ban period will start from the day of provisional suspension slapped on them by the NADA last year. "The appeals filed by the IAAF against the decisions taken by Indian Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel on 23 December 2011 in relation to the following runners Ms Mandeep Kaur, Ms Jauna Murmu, Ms Ashwini, Ms Panwar, Ms Mary Thomas and Ms Jose have been upheld," the CAS said in its ruling. "Ms Mandeep Kaur, Ms Jauna Murmu, Ms Ashwini, Ms Panwar, Ms Mary Thomas and Ms Jose are all declared ineligible for a period of two years starting from the date of the award (17 July 2012), given credit of the period of their previous period of ineligibility and subsequent provisional suspension already served," the ruling said.

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