New Delhi: India's lone World Championship medal winner Anju Bobby George is sad at the doping scandal that has rocked Indian athletics but hoped that the country will do well in the upcoming Asian Championships in Japan.

Athletes who will represent the country in the upcoming Asian Championships in Japan will do well to concentrate on their events.

"It's sad but it's difficult for me to comment as to why such a thing happened," Anju said when asked about eight Indian athletes being tested positive for banned drugs, including that of new golden girl Ashwini Akkunji.

Asked whether the morale of the Japan-bound athletes will take a beating after these shameful revelations, Anju answered, "I don't think so. Athletics is more of an individual sport. The ones who are representing the country should focus on their job at hand. If you haven't done anything and your conscience is clear, what's there to fear."

The ace long jumper who won bronze medal at the 2003 World Championship in Paris also feels that it's "an entirely personal decision of an athlete about the choice of coach one makes."

Apart from a brief stint with long jump great Mike Powell, Anju has always trained under husband Robert which yielded her great results during her hey days while there has been a fetish for coaches from former Soviet block countries for the runners (quartermilers and middle distance runners).

On personal front, Anju, who is eyeing a comeback post motherhood, said she will be participating in some European and US track and field events from early next year keeping an eye on London 2012.

(Agencies)