The Indian weightlifter Mr Ramshad AR was found guilty of inhaling a prohibited substance

Mr Ramshad AR, who had bagged a silver medal at the National Weightlifting Championship 2019, faced the biggest disappointment of his career so far when he was found guilty of inhaling a prohibited substance by the NADA. 

The Indian weightlifter's dope sample was collected by the Doping Control Officer of NADA during 71st Men’s National Weightlifting Championship, and his sample analysis revealed presence of Prohibited Substance namely - 2-Hydroxy-4-Methoxy Tamoxifen (Metabolite of Tamoxifen) Selective Estrogen Receptor Modulator (SERM) which are specified substances prohibited as per the WADA Prohibited List of 2019. The Athlete asked for B Sample analysis which also confirmed the finding of A Sample. The athlete in response to the second notice of charge accepted the provisional suspension after which an oral hearing was conducted on 27th Dec 2019 where the athlete denied the intentional use of the substance and explained to have undergone treatment for gynecomastia and used prescribed medication which contained prohibited substance. 

However, NADA as per article 2.1.1 of the Rules reminded the athlete that it was his personal duty to ensure no prohibited substance entered his body, and found him guilty of anti-doping rule violation. 
The Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, therefore, rendered Ramshad A.R liable for ineligibility for a period of 2 years from his date of provisional suspension.

Mr Ramshad being a senior athlete needed to ensure greater care in following the anti-doping rules, and should have consumed the medicine only after obtaining Therapeutic Use Exemption if he genuinely required it. NADA is determined to discipline errant athletes and protect the rights of clean athletes.

Page last modified on: Feb 03, 2020

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