Berhampur, June 19 (LocalWire): Arjuna award winner and the 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medalist for India in weightlifting K Ravi Kumar has decided to appeal for relaxation of his suspension order after he tested positive for dope by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).
“I came to know about it from media,” he said a day after he was served the provisional suspension for violation of the anti-doping rule.
“I will appeal for relaxation of the suspension as it happened unknowingly,” he said adding that he was shocked to learn about it.
“In the last 17 years of my carrier, I have always received a clean chit,” the wrestler said.
According to Kumar, the supplementary diet that they had used in 2018 was banned in January 2019 but he as well as others were not aware of the ban by NADA and hence several other sportspeople like him got suspended by the anti-doping agency.
His sample was collected during the 71st Men and 34th Women Senior National Weightlifting Championship in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, last February, where he won the gold medal with a record lift of total 342-kg in the snatch, clean and jerk in the 89-kg category.
Besides Kumar, several other nationally and internally reputed sportspersons in the country have been placed under provisional suspension for testing positive for a banned substance.
Expressing shock at the decision, Odisha Weightlifting Association (OWA) secretary Narayan Sahu said, that it might be happened due to their ignorance of taking the supplementary diet. “NADA is likely to consider their appeal for relaxation of the provisional suspension,” Sahu informed.