Doping scandal: Sacked Ukrainian coach fears his life is in danger

Updated: 06 July 2011 20:55 IST

A day after Sports Minister Ajay Maken sacked athletics coach Yuri Ogorodnik for his alleged role in the doping scandal, the Ukrianian expressed his desire to return home at the earliest, saying his life is in danger in India.

A day after Sports Minister Ajay Maken sacked athletics coach Yuri Ogorodnik for his alleged role in the doping scandal, the Ukrianian expressed his desire to return home at the earliest, saying his life is in danger in India.

"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," said Ogorodnik, while talking to electronic media here on Wednesday.

"I am not eating and sleeping well for the last few days. There is a lot of tension and I cannot work like this. I have not liked the way in which things have developed in the past. This is a big mistake, I have never given any anabolic steroid to any athlete," he added.

"The athletes have passed many dope tests in the past. I do not know what is going on right now. They have taken only food supplements and that could be contaminated," pointed out Ogorodnik.

Ogorodnik said that he would fly to his home country without meeting any Indian sports officials.

"I have a very bad experience in India, I must have gone back long time back. I am flying out directly. I would not meet any of the sports ministry official for any kind of formality."

Topics : Athletics
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