Ace Indian women’s discus thrower Krishna Poonia had her seventh-place finish at the 2012 London Olympics upgraded following the disqualification of Darya Pishchalnikova. The Russian, who had won the silver medal, later on tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid and her medal was eventually stripped off.
IOC asks Krishna Poonia to return her seventh-place diploma
The 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Poonia is thus all set to get her sixth-place finish diploma soon, as conveyed by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The IOC has asked the IOA to request the Indian discus thrower to return the seventh-place diploma so that the process of getting the sixth-place certificate can be facilitated.
Statement from the IOA
The following is an excerpt from the statement that the IOA has released in a letter that they forwarded to the Athletics Federation of India (AFI).
“We have been informed by the IOC that Mrs Krishna Poonia, who was placed in the seventh position in 2012 London Olympics in women’s discus throw, is now placed at sixth position. This is in reference to IOC Executive Board decision concerning Mrs Darya Pishchalnikova who competed in women’s discus throw event in London Olympic Games.”
IOA asks AFI to communicate with Poonia
IOA has thus sought the help of the AFI to communicate with Krishna Poonia and complete the required formalities. In a letter, they have made a plea to the athletics body to ensure that the certificate is returned before July 8, 2015, as asked by the IOC.