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Doping: sacked athletics coach leaves India

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Updated: July 14, 2011, 12:38 PM IST
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Doping: sacked athletics coach leaves India
Yuri Ogorodnik left the country despite being served a notice by NIS, Patiala, to not leave.

New Delhi: Sacked athletics coach, Yuri Ogorodnik, left India on Wednesday even as investigations into the doping scandal, which has rocked Indian sports, continues.

The coach, held responsible for the dope flunk of six athletes in the last couple of weeks, was fired by Sports Minister Ajay Maken a day after the news broke out.

However, the Ukrainian defended himself, saying that he has no role in the scandal and had given only medals to the country and not steroids to the athletes.

"I told the athletes to buy only the food supplements and not steroids. I am not suited for that (to tell athletes to do a wrong thing). I am a professional coach," he said.

Yuri then expressed his desire to leave the country. Speaking to the electronic media in Patiala, he said: "If I remain here, then I will die, so I am leaving. I do not want to die in India. I want to die in my own country."

But the coach was served a notice by the National Institute of Sports (NIS) and asked not to leave India until investigations in the doping scandal are complete.

Despite that, Yuri left the country, leaving the authorities open to many more questions.

First Published: July 14, 2011, 12:38 PM IST
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