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Asiad gold a slap on the face of my critics, says Mandeep

Asiad gold a slap on the face of my critics, says Mandeep
Punjab girl Mandeep was a member of the gold-winning Indian 4x400 relay quartet in the 2010 Asian Games also, but she was banned for two years from 2011 till 2013 for steroid doping only to return to top-flight competition this year only.  ‘Those two years were so painful but I did not lose hope.

I wanted to come back and I knew I could do it. But I never thought that I could come back like this and win a gold in the Asian Games so soon,’ Mandeep siad on the sidelines of a felicitation event.

Besides Mandeep, the three other members of the 2010 relay quartet -- Ashwini Akkunji, Manjeet Kaur and Sini Jose -- were also handed two year bans, and the government denied them entry at the national camps and training at government facilities.

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