Sangwan has to return soon for second urine test sample

Delhi and IPL’s 23-year-old all-rounder Pradeep Sangwan has to return to India sooner rather than later to deliver his “B” urine sample in a Wada-accredited laboratory in New Delhi.

by BIPIN DANI

The left-arm medium pacer has been in UK receiving treatment on a shoulder injury.

“His surgery was performed on last Monday and he has to see the surgeon again on Tuesday and thereafter he will decide on his return trip to India”, the source close to Sangwan, said.

“The option of B sample screening need to be exercised by the athlete within a month of receiving a notification of the A sample finding communicated to him by the testing authority”, Dr. Danish Zaheer, an Expert on Anti-Doping Laws, informs from Dar es Salaam.

In 2006, Dr. Zaheer was appointed by the PCB to hear the two pacers’-Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif’s appeal hearings.

Sangawan family is believed to have received two letters from BCCI. The first letter was received when the player had not left for UK, however, the second letter, which the family received, has not been seen by the player. “His worried father, Jaibir Sangwan is in touch with him and maintains that the drug, the effects of which were not known to his son, was given by the local chemist”, the source added.

“BCCI has to arrange a mutually agreed date for this screening to be conducted as soon as possible after receiving a written request from Sangwan at the same laboratory where A sample was screened. All expenses for the laboratory testings to be born by the player for the B sample test”, he added.

“If he was injected with a corticosteroid injection for his shoulder injury during the IPL (even on non-match day), and he was sampled within days after that injection, there is a possibility that the traces of the corticosteroid injection used for the treatment of his inflamed shoulder might have
appeared in his urine”.

“However, all such medical intervention should be followed with a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) submission by the injecting doctor on behalf of the player to the sample conduction Anti-doping authority, seeking exemption of its use for medical and treatment purposes. and if no TUE was made, the presence of corticosteroid is an offense”, he further added.

“If he is found with an other banned substance where TUE is ruled out, than the WADA Anti-doping rules will apply during the result management proceeding to be conducted by the BCCI Anti-Doping Commission or the Indian national anti-doping Organisation (INADO)”.

“In case of a banned substance the sanctioned could be from 6 months to 2 years because this is his first such offense. However, the exact nature of the substance found needs to be verified before making any assumptions as how this case will unfold”, he signed off.

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.

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