Ace Weight Lifter Appeals NADA To Re-Consider Ban

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Bhubaneswar: A day after weightlifter K Ravi Kumar was provisionally suspended after testing positive in a dope test, the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist said that he was misinformed about inclusion of 'SARM' in the banned group of drugs.

Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs), a type of drug chemically similar to anabolic steroids was included by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) in 2019, he said.

“The ban was based on the result of a dope test which was done in February. I had no information earlier that it was a banned product. However, after being informed I have stopped using it as many other weight lifters,” Kumar said.

“This is shocking news for me. I will try a lot and appeal before the federation and NADA to consider my case and reduce ban period. All this has happened because of being misinformed. It is a setback for the weightlifting family and my fans across India,” he added.

“I have an experience of 17 years and brought many medals for the country. I have undergone many dope tests and got a clean chit in all. But the time when I was contemplating to quit the professional career, such a problem is definitely a setback,” said Kumar.

Kumar won a gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and a silver at the 2014 edition. He also won a gold at the senior nationals. He urged young weight-lifters to keep a check on what they consume and a close watch on the banned drugs list.

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Ravi Kumar Katulu, Weightlifter