July 21 - The Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) have been given until the end of next month to pay $350,000 (£229,000) outstanding on fine imposed on it after several of its top lifters, including Shailaja Pujari (pictured), failed drugs tests or be banned from competing at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

International Weightlifting Federation President Tamas Ajan have written to the IWF to tell them that they have to pay the money by August 31 or be suspended from international competition for the third time in six years.

IWF President B.P Baishya said: "I can confirm that we got this message from the international body this morning.

"We had asked them twice earlier to extend the deadline."

Baishya revealed the world governing body had given the Indian body the option to pay up the dues in either one or two installments.

He said: "They [international body] have left that to us - we can either pay it at one go or in two installments.

"They have no issues with the manner of payment as long as the amount is paid."

The IWF have already paid $125,000 ($82,000) off on the $500,000 (£380,000) fine they received in January after six Indian lifters tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs last year.

They paid $50,000 (£33,000) in January before the South Asian Games in Bangladesh and another $75,000 (£49,000) in April which allowed Indian lifters to take part in the Asian Youth and Junior Championships in Tashkent.

The IWF have approached the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to help them pay the fine.

Baishya said: "We had been asking them to give us an interest free loan.

"I am sure they will consider our case with due regard.

"It will be a national disgrace if our lifters are not allowed to participate in the Commonwealth Games."

Baishya claimed t the Indian weightlifters could potentially win as many as 13 medals at the Commonwealth Games, which are due to open on October 3.

He said: "I am sure that our weightlifters can win up to 12 or 13 medals in the Commonwealth Games.

"Our weightlifters have been working very hard and I am sure they will give a very good account of themselves at the Commonwealth Games."

But the IOA are refused to help pay the fine because they claim it would be endorsing the cheats.

A spokesman for the IOA said: "If the IOA were to pay the fine, it would convey the message that we are aiding and abetting doping in sport.

"They [IWF] will have to look for other means to pay off the dues to the international body.

"I can confirm that they did get in touch with us for the payment of fine sometime back.

"We heard them out patiently."

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