With the Sangwan doping ban suppressed, the NADA panel rules the intake of unintentionally prohibited substances
NEW DELHI: The one-year doping ban on former boxer winner of the Asian silver medal Sumit Sangwan (91 kg) was lifted on Monday after the National Anti-Doping Agency ( NOTHING ) the appeals panel ruled that its consumption of a prohibited substance was not intentional.
Sangwan was acquitted after a hearing on Monday.
"Sumit has been cleared and his ban lifted as he has convinced the NOTHING panel that the diuretic tested positive for a case of unintended intake, a Indian Boxing Federation official told PTI.
Sangwan was banned for one year in December 2019 after testing positive for Acetazolamide , listed as a diuretic and masking agent under World Anti-Doping Agency 's ( LOVE ) Prohibited List 2019.
I am relieved, a great weight is on my shoulders. I knew I was not wrong. I'm glad I could prove myself, said an emotional Sangwan.
"I convinced the NOTHING panel of my innocence by submitting some medical reports, which I had not presented in the first hearing when the ban was imposed on me," he added.
The 27-year-old international medalist said that medical records showing the enlargement of his liver after taking the medication helped him prove his case.
The panel doctors agreed that the presence of the substance in my system at the time of the test even though I took the medication much earlier was because an enlarged liver had prevented it from rinsing off within the normal seven-day course, he explained. .
"It ( Acetazolamide ) showed in my system 13 days after the intake which led to the earlier conclusion that I had taken it at the time of weigh-in at the national camp," he added.
Sangwan had maintained, from the beginning, that it was an unintentional intake, since he had duly consulted a doctor before taking the medication for an eye infection.
I had so much pain when they gave me medication that I couldn't even open my eyes at that moment. I could not have known what they were giving me. I trusted the doctors who were treating me, he said.
The suspension cost Sangwan a lot, as the 2012 Olympic missed the opportunity to run for the Olympic Qualification Tournament, which begins Tuesday in Amman (Jordan).
I will write to the federation and ask them to reinstate me in the national camp based on my history. I was the national champion when this happened, I should be allowed to return (in the national camp) and I am sure I will. be said.
The Sangwan sample was collected out of competition on October 10.
I have suffered a lot. Living with a stain like that in your history is a great mental agony. I hope to leave all this behind and find my way back to the top, Sangwan said.