Indian athlete suspended by NADA after testing positive for banned drug meldonium

New Delhi: A top Indian athlete was handed a provisional suspension by the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) on Wednesday after testing positive for banned performance enhancing substance meldonium.

Meldonium drug. GettyImages

Meldonium drug. GettyImages

Talking to a news channel, a top NADA official refused to disclose the athlete's name.

He, however, informed that over 20 syringes of the banned substance was found in the athlete's hostel room.

Russian star Maria Sharapova, a former World No.1 in the women's tennis circuit, had also tested positive for the same substance at the Australian Open in 2016.

She was originally suspended for two years but the ban was later reduced to 15 months.

Published Date: May 24, 2017 11:31 AM | Updated Date: May 24, 2017 11:38 AM

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