ASHWINI AKKUNJI

  • Athlete Ashwini Akkunji on road to redemption October 8, 2014

    Akkunji was the star of the 2010 CWG and 2010 Asian Games; then a dope test knocked her down. After two years in the complete wilderness, she is back again to prove her mettle. ...
  • Asian Games: Ashwini Akkunji fails to defend women's 400m hurdles title October 1, 2014

    Incheon: India's Ashwini Akkunji failed to defend her women's 400 metres hurdles title as she finished fourth and out of medal contention in the final of the Asian Games on Wednesday. Ashwini, who had won gold in 400m hurdles and 4X400m relay four years ago at Guangzhou, could not impress at...
  • Athlete Ashwini vows to get India medal at CWG July 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Keen to make an impression a year after her doping ban ended in July 2013, India's premier athlete Ashwini Akkunji is eyeing a medal in the individual 400 meter hurdle at the upcoming Commonwealth Games. Ashwini failed to bag a medal in the individual 400m hurdle at the 2010...
  • Dopetainted Ashwini back in Indian team for World Athletics July 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Dopetainted runner Ashwini Akkunji, double gold medallist in the Asian Games, was back in the main fold Saturday as she was named by the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) in the Indian women's 4x400m relay squad for next month's World Championships in Moscow. Ashwini's selection in the Indian team...
  • Ashwini Akkunji set for World Athletics Championships July 19, 2013

    New Delhi: Double Asian Games goldmedallist Ashwini Akkunji looked set to make it to the Indian women's 4x400m relay squad for next month's World Championships in Moscow after she finished joint second in the trials held at Patiala on Friday. Five runners took part in the trials and Nirmala, who was...
  • Ashwini Akkunji mulling over participation in 4x400m relay trials July 15, 2013

    New Delhi: Ashwini Akkunji, who earlier this month completed her twoyear ban period for a doping offence, is contemplating to run in the women's 4x400m relay trials on July 20 for a place in the Indian quartet for next month's World Athletics Championships in Moscow. India had qualified for the women's...
  • Relay team decision should have made earlier: P T Usha July 7, 2013

    Pune: Legendary athlete P T Usha Sunday said that ideally members of the goldwinning women's 4x400m relay team should have known it beforehand who would be the running partners in the quartet. There was confusion all around after the Athletics Federation of India tried to include Ashwini Akkunji in the relay...
  • Tintu Luka included in 4x400m relay quartet July 6, 2013

    Pune: With the competition technical delegate having rejected India's request for the inclusion of Ashwini Akkunji and Priyanka Panwar in women's 4x400m relay squad, 800m runner Tintu Luka is set to run in the event on Sunday. Luka on Saturday practised for relay at the training ground after the selection committee...
  • Ashwini Akkunji not allowed to participate in Asian Championships July 5, 2013

    Athletics Federation of India's plan to include dopetainted Ashwini Akkunji in the women's 4x400m relay team in the ongoing Asian Championships in Pune was on Friday nixed by the competition technical delegate on the ground that it would violate IAAF rules. ...
  • AFI plan for swift return of dopetainted Ashwini nixed July 5, 2013

    Pune: Athletics Federation of India's plan to include dopetainted Ashwini Akkunji in the women's 4x400m relay team in the ongoing Asian Championships in Pune was on Friday nixed by the competition technical delegate on the ground that it would violate IAAF rules. Plans were afoot to draft Akkunji, whose twoyear ban...
  • Ashwini Akkunji visits Asian Athletics C'ship after serving ban July 4, 2013

    Pune: With her ban period ending on Thursday, dopetainted double Asian Games gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji made an appearance during the ongoing Asian Athletics Championships here. Akkunji, one of the six top quartermilers who flunked dope test in 2011, served a twoyear ban and the period ended on Thursday. Even the...
  • Dope, Olympic flop show mar Indian athletics in 2012 December 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Indian athletics slumped to new depths of shame by producing the highest number of dope cheats while continuing the flopshow at the Olympics in yet another dismal year. If 2011 was the year of worst doping scandals in Indian athletics involving six top quartermilers, the year gone by...
  • Indian athletes top IAAF list of dope offenders November 2, 2012

    New Delhi: India has nothing to boast of in terms of achievements at world stage in athletics, but the country has topped in the number offenders caught for doping under IAAF rules. In the latest IAAF list of dope offenders updated till October 31, a whopping 40 Indian athletes figured in...
  • Indian athletes seek to redeem reputation August 2, 2012

    London: Indian track and field athletes begin their campaign in the London Olympics on Friday, seeking to redeem their reputation, which lay in tatters due to the doping scandal that marred their splendid show in the 2010 Asian Games. Indian athletics was hit by the steroid doping scandal that involved six...
  • Dopetainted Ind women athletes lose ban case July 17, 2012

    New Delhi: The six Indian women athletes, who were caught for steroid doping last year, lost their case in the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland as it upheld the IAAF's appeal to impose twoyear ban on them. A NADA panel had handed a lenient oneyear ban on the...