New Delhi: With just seven months left for Tokyo Olympics, two Indian athletes, shooter Ravi Kumar and boxer Sumit Sangwan, have tested positive for banned substances.
Ravi Kumar, 29, has represented India at all major international meets and won individual bronze medals at Guadalajara World Cup and Commonwealth Games last year.
According to NADA sources, Ravi was tested during the Kumar Surendra Singh memorial meeting in Delhi in June this year. His sample found traces of propranolol, a beta-blocker class medication.
The NADA anti-doping disciplinary panel heard Ravi’s defense on November 28 and kept his order reserved. Sources said Ravi could face a suspension of up to two years. Propranolol is a medicine taken to treat blood pressure, especially after a heart attack. It is also used to prevent migraine headaches. The shooter said it was a case of negligence on his part.
Olympian Sumit Sangwan (91kg), a Tokyo hopeful, has returned positive for acetazolamide, a diuretic and a masking agent banned by WADA.
Sangwan, 26, won the silver medal in the 2017 Asian championship and entered the quarterfinals of the world championship in 2016. His case came only a week after Neeraj (57 kg), the main boxer, tested positive for ligandrol.
Sangwan, current national champion at 91 kg, received a notice of adverse analytical finding (AAF) from NADA on Monday night. It is not clear whether the boxer has opted for the ‘B’ sample test or has renounced his right and, instead, has opted to appeal to the NADA anti-doping disciplinary panel (ADDP).