Controversial Sprinter Jani Chathurangi was yesterday provisionally suspended from all national and international events, as the Athletics Association of Sri Lanka headed for a fresh trial on the sprinter accused of doping.
Jani ignored her promise to submit her decision in writing by last evening and requested for time until Friday (today) morning to do so. But an annoyed Hearing Committee decided to waste no time on the issue and imposed a preliminary suspension on the athlete with effect from today.
On Wednesday Jani appeared before a five-member hearing committee headed by former athletics chief Sunil Jayaweera to get the accuser`s endorsement for a provisional suspension. But Jani and her lawyers requested for a further grace period of 24 hours to submit her decision in writing to the committee.
Jani will be banned from competing in any local and IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) meets until the inquiry is over.
`We granted her a grace period but she failed to honour it,` Jayaweera said.
Jayaweera added a fresh full scale inquiry will begin on February 26.
`According to the rules and regulations of the IAAF we have the right to enforce a preliminary suspension before inquiry begins on February 26,` he added.
Jani who had been found guilty by the inquiry committee was exonerated from all charges by a disciplinary committee. That necessitated the direct involvement of the international body, IAAF.
Vehemently criticizing the contradictory reports, the IAAF ordered a fresh trial.
Jani won a silver medal at the recent South Asian Games in the 200m dash and played a major role in Sri Lanka`s women`s 4x100m gold medal hunt at the same event in Colombo last year.