Indian weightlifters disqualified due to over-age

Last Updated: Tue, Aug 20, 2013 21:12 hrs

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IBNS) Three Indian weightlifters were disqualified from the ongoing Youth Asian Games at Nanjing in China due to over-age on Tuesday.

The weightlifters were identified as Chandrika Tarafdar, Jyoti Mal and Akshay Bhagwan.

All of them were born on 1996.

Indian Sports Minister Jitendra Singh on Monday ordered an inquiry into the ´disqualification´ 17 Indian track and field athletes who were not allowed to participate in the ongoing Asian Youth Games in Nanjing, China for being above the stipulated age of 17 years.

The 17 athletes were part of of a 27 member delegation selected by the Athletics Federation of India.

"The Minister has also taken note of similar media reports that 4 Indian badminton players will also be returning back as their names were not included in the entry list at the games," The Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports said in a statement.

Singh has asked Sports Authority of India (SAI) Director General Jiji Thomson to conduct an inquiry into both the incidents.

"The Minister has asked Director General, Sports Authority of India (SAI) to conduct an inquiry into both the incidents and fix the responsibility on the individuals responsible for the lapses. The Minister has also directed DG, SAI to put in place a mechanism so that such incidents do not occur in future," the Ministry said.

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