Shooter Ravi Kumar claims he inadvertently consumed propranolol which led to positive dope test, hopes for light punishment

Shooter Ravi Kumar claims he inadvertently consumed propranolol which led to positive dope test, hopes for light punishment

Press Trust of India December 11, 2019 13:38:24 IST
Shooter Ravi Kumar claims he inadvertently consumed propranolol which led to positive dope test, hopes for light punishment
  • Indian rifle shooter Ravi Kumar tested positive for propranolol during a domestic competition.

  • Kumar has not been with the national team since the ISSF Shooting World Cup in Munich last May.

  • Kumar is a bronze-winner at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Asiad in the 10m air rifle.

World Cup medal-winning rifle shooter Ravi Kumar, who has failed a dope test, says his is a case of inadvertent intake, an explanation he hopes would fetch him a lighter-than-expected punishment from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).

Shooter Ravi Kumar claims he inadvertently consumed propranolol which led to positive dope test hopes for light punishment

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The 29-year-old Kumar, who has not been with the national team since the World Cup in Munich last May, is a bronze-winner from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and the 2014 Asian Games in the 10m air rifle competitions.

He tested positive for propranolol during a domestic competition here. The substance is used to treat high blood pressure and is on the prohibited list of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

"I had taken the medicine to treat migraine inadvertently. It was after being prescribed by my doctor at home days before I was tested during the Kumar Surendra Nath Memorial Meet in May-June," Kumar told PTI.

"I explained everything to NADA and they understood but told me that my only mistake was that I did not disclose while being tested that I had taken the medicine, which contains a substance that is banned in shooting. It is used for migraine and high blood pressure," he added.

Kumar is not going to seek a 'B' sample test and has accepted the findings. The maximum punishment after accepting the A sample findings is two years but Kumar is hoping for a lighter ban. The NADA disciplinary panel will be deciding on the quantum of punishment in the next few days.

"I am hopeful of the result coming in my favour since I had taken the specified substance without knowing it. I also clearly told my doctor that I am a sportsperson," he said.

"While the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has allowed me to compete in domestic events after getting clearance from NADA, I was not entitled for India selection, and hence, missed out tournaments such as the Asian Championships (which was an Olympic quota event)," he added.

Kumar said although his Olympic dream is now over, he would fight to ensure that he can be back in reckoning as soon as possible.

"My last World Cup was in Munich and I feel four years of my hard work for Olympics is going down the drain. But I hope the result will come quickly, this month, and I will fight till the last moment," he said.

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