New Delhi: The internal probe panel, set up by the Athletics Federation of India, into the doping scandal will submit its report within one month, one of the committee members said on Friday.

The three-member AFI panel on Friday began the inquiry with a meeting here and they are expected to submit the report by August 15.

"We started our inquiry on Friday with a meeting. We will meet all the athletes either here in Delhi or at NIS Patiala by July 25. We are hoping that the report will be submitted by August 15," Madhu Kant Pathak, one of the panel members said.

The panel was told by the AFI to first submit a preliminary report within one month and the final one within three months. But Pathak said the panel will submit the final report within one month.

"We are not preparing a preliminary report. We are submitting a final report by August 15," he said.

"Our job is to find out how the doping incident had happened, the sequence of events and to give suggestion how it should not happen in future," Pathak, also President of the Jharkhand Athletic Association, said.

The AFI had set up the internal inquiry panel after eight athletes, including Asian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji, her gold-winning 4x400m relay team-mates Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, tested positive for anabolic steroids.

(Agencies)