Anju may hold India's first-ever Olympic medal in athletics
New Delhi: Will Anju Bobby George become the first Indian to bag an Olympic medal in Athletics?
The chances of Anju’s fifth spot in 2004 Athens Olympics turning into a silver medal have increased.
Anju is the only Indian sportsperson who has bagged an individual medal in the world athletic championship.
In the women’s' long jump in Athens Olympics, three athletes who bagged medals in women’s long jump, have since failed drug tests.
However, the International Olympic Committee till now was not ready to take back the medals from the three athletes who won the Athens Olympics after passing the drug examination test during the event.
After 13 years, India, Australia and Britain are going to submit a joint complaint to the International Olympic Committee and International Athletic Federation asking to probe the incident and to take appropriate action. Anju’s medal hopes have come alive after this development.
Anju’s coach Robert Bobby George said that the plan is to file a complaint to the annual general body meeting of International Athletic Federation in April 2nd week.
While Australia’s Bronwyn Thompson finished in the fourth spot in the Athens Olympics, Britain's Jade Johnson finished in the sixth spot.
Anju, who leaped 6.83 metres in the final, had set a new national record then. While Bronwyn leaped 6.96 metres, Jade Johnson leaped 6.80 metres.
If the first three Russian medallists, Tatyana Lebedeva, Irina Meleshina and Tatyana Kotova, are disqualified, then the gold, silver and bronze medals will go to Bronwyn, Anju and Jade.
The two silver medals that Tatyana Lebedeva won at Beijing Olympics in 2008 was taken back after retests of her samples found her positive for the steroid Turinabol.
Meleshina, who had won silver at the Athens Olympics, was banned for two years in 2012 after testing positive in a drug test. She could not compete in London Olympics due to the ban.
The 2005 world championship medal of Kotova, who had bagged the bronze in Athens, was taken back after she tested positive in the drug test in 2013.