Days after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned Russia’s flag and anthem from major world sporting events over doping violations, two Indian athletes have failed the dope test.
As per a report by Times of India, shooter Ravi Kumar and Boxer Sumit Sangwan have tested positive for banned substances.
The report said that Ravi was found positive for propranolol (beta-blocker) in his samples while Sangwan was found to possess acetazolamide in his blood.
The test was conducted by WADA.
Notably, both the substances have been banned by the WADA because of their ability to unfairly increase an athlete’s skills.
The athletes who have been banned had represented India at various international sporting events and have won medals as well.
While Sangwan, 26, had won silver in the 2017 Asian championship, Ravi Kumar, 29, had won individual bronze medals at the Guadalajara World Cup and Commonwealth Games last year.
Meanwhile, Ravi has said that he took medicines to reduce migraine headaches.
“My sister has migraine, but it was the first time I had such a severe headache and I panicked. My parents took me to a doctor at home and I also told him that I am a shooter. I took the medicine only after he assured me,” he told TOI.
NADA reportedly heard Ravi’s defense and has reserved the decision. On the other hand, Sangwan has been served with the notice of an adverse analytical finding.