New Delhi: Even as the investigation on the spot-fixing allegations in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League is under progress, the league has now been hit by a doping scandal.
Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Pradeep Sangwan has failed the random dope tests that are conducted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India during the IPL. Close to 70 random tests were performed during this edition of the league and he is the only cricketer who has failed the test so far.
While the BCCI informed Sangwan about a fortnight back that Sample ‘A’ of his test had tested positive, the Delhi lad says he is innocent and it was a case of consuming a fat-cutter to lose weight quickly after being laid low for two months due to injury.
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“I was out injured for close to two months and a lot of fat had gathered around my midriff. So I asked my gym trainer to help reduce the fat. While most sportspersons take proteins to work on their fitness, I consumed fat cutter on the trainer’s advice."
"While I categorically asked him if there was any banned substance in it, he kept emphasising that it only contained different forms of protein and this is where I stand now. I didn’t try to enhance my performance and it was unintentional,” Sangwan said.
Speaking to MAIL TODAY, a senior BCCI official said the Board had sent a notice to Sangwan and strict action will be taken if he is found guilty. But Sangwan will also have an opportunity to fight his case. “We have sent a notice to Sangwan as well as the Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA). The National Anti-Doping Agency is not involved, but the process is very similar. There is a standing committee which will go through the whole development and then a tribunal will decide on the sanctions if a player tests positive. Sangwan has every right to appeal against the sanctions, and for that the BCCI will have an appeals panel. But the punishment will be severe as BCCI has a zero-tolerate policy against doping,” he said.
A senior DDCA official said the association would stand by the youngster as they believe him and don’t want his career to be destroyed due to a case of negligence.
“He underwent shoulder surgery in London on Monday, so we haven’t spoken to him as of today. But we have assured him that we will stand by him as we believe that he has been misled by his gym trainer. Sangwan has always been into working out and has a passion to hit the gym with a vengeance. But we hope that he will learn from this incident and avoid taking supplements from all and sundry. These things are very complex and it isn’t possible for everyone to understand the ingredients of supplements. One should always consult a sports doctor before indulging in these things,” he told MAIL TODAY.
The official said it was unlikely that Sangwan would get his ‘B’ sample tested in his own presence, as per established procedure. “He already knows what has led to the result, so I don’t think he will want to justify anything,” he added.
One of the senior members in the Delhi Ranji team said it had become a trend among the youngsters in the team to consume different forms of supplements and work out in the gym in an effort to get six-pack abs and bulging muscles.
“The young players are really conscious of their looks and drink different form of protein shakes and mass gainers. I don’t know if they consult the right people before consuming these as such drinks have certain ingredients in different proportions,” he said.
Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.