Doping: SAI hits out at sacked Ukrainian coach Yori, says all deals cleared

first_imgAfter sacked Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodnik’s outburst against the Sports Authority of India for the alleged sub-standard facilities at NIS, Patiala, the sports body has now hit out at the former, dismissing all his allegations as baseless. Speaking exclusively to Headlines Today, SAI director General Deepak Verma insisted that Yuri was not held captive as claimed. “The allegations levelled against SAI is absolutely baseless. We have cleared all deals. We have not held him captive. He is free to go anywhere,” Verma told Headlines Today. Yuri had been sacked by SAI after six of his eight wards had failed dope tests bringing shame to the country. The 79 year-old coach has claimed innocence, while accusing the SAI of mistreating him despite his poor health conditions.  Earlier, Yuri had said his life was under threat and that he did not want to die. The Ukranian had earlier blamed food supplements after six of his athletes flunked dope tests. He had also denied any role in the doping scandal and insisted that it was a set-up and an attempt to tarnish his reputation. Sini Jose, Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur, Juana Murmu, Tiana Mary Thomas and Priyanka Pawar – who were being coached by Ogorodnik – have tested positive for methandienone.  Sini, Ashwini and Mandeep were a part of the 4x400m relay team that won the gold at last year’s Commonwealth Games and Asian Games. Ashwini had also won the gold in the 400m hurdles at the Asian Games.  The athletes had also blamed the food supplements recommended by Ogorodnik for failing their dope tests.advertisementlast_img