Kerala footballer Viknesh will get two-year ban for doping


Kerala footballer M. Viknesh, who had failed a dope check taken in the course of the National Games in Ahmedabad in October 2022, has been handed a two-year suspension ranging from April 5, 2023.

The ahead, who was dropped from the Kerala staff for the Santosh Trophy’s remaining section in February this yr following the optimistic dope check for terbutaline, had appealed the choice of the Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel given on April 5, 2023.

Terbutaline is an ingredient in lots of cough syrups, however it’s within the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited checklist underneath specified substances. Vignesh’s staff had argued {that a} because the participant was affected by fever and cough, a health care provider had prescribed Ascoril syrup which contained terbutaline. The footballer had stated that he was unaware of this reality and that was why he had not talked about it within the doping management kind.

But the Anti-Doping Appeal Panel (ADAP)was not satisfied and its order, dated December 4, punished the participant with a two-year ban. The National Anti-Doping Agency had earlier issued the notification to Viknesh in regards to the optimistic check on November 12, 2022 however because the participant was not provisionally suspended in the course of the interval of the disciplinary proceedings earlier than NADA, the beginning of the ban had been pushed to April 5 this yr. It shouldn’t be fairly often that one hears of footballers being banned for doping within the nation.

The ADAP additionally penalised Radhika Prakash Awati, a Maharashtra-born fencing worldwide who represents Kerala, with a two-year ban. She had been banned for 15 months by the disciplinary panel earlier for a methylprednisolone (corticosteroid) violation.

Radhika had been examined throughout Senior National championship on March 26, 2023 in Pune, the place she had received the gold medal. Her suspension is from August 17, 2023.

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