Indian basketball star Amritpal Singh and international medal winning boxer Neeraj Phogat are the two well known athletes of the country to have failed doping test, and are now banned by the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for a period of four years.
Amritpal, the only hoopster from the country to have played in Australia’s National Basketball League (NBL) for Sydney Kings, has 9 years of international career with the Indian men’s national basketball team. The 28 year old, who hails from Amritsar, underwent the doping test during the FIBA 3×3 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers preparation camp in Bengaluru back in February, and his urine sample test results arrived from Doha in May.
Traces of terbutaline, which is classified as a beta 2 agonist used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is listed as a prohibited substance. Amritpal, who accepted his provisional ban until 19th May, is now suspended until 2024.
Amritpal joined Sydney Kings August 2017, following a spell with Tokyo Excellence of Japan’s National Basketball Development League (NBDL). He made his international debut in 2011 at the FIBA Asia Championship for Men in Wuhan, China, and later has been part of the Indian squad that competed in FIBA Asia Cups and Asia Championships.
Neeraj Phogat, the young pugilist belonging to the revered wrestling family from the state of Haryana, failed her doping test back in December last year. Traces of ligandrol, also known as LGD 4033 is a selective androgen receptor modulator, which comes under the list of banned substances, were found in her test sample, along with additional anabolic steroids.
Neeraj’s samples were collected in September 2019. and test results from Doha came in November. After more than five months of provisional ban, NADA has decided to suspend the 57 kg featherweight boxer for four years, which will be counted from 2nd December 2019, the initiation day of her provisional suspension.
Neeraj won a gold at the India Open Boxing Tournament in Guwahati, which was held in February 2019. She also secured cliched gold at the Umakhanov Memorial International in Russia back in August 2019, and another bronze at the Strandja Memorial Tournament in Bulgaria last year.